Derek Prado

 
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Derek Prado

What I find unique about art is that it is not only an aesthetic but a universal template to aid creatives on better understanding what can possibly be done to rethink and reshape our world. Through my time at OTIS College of Art and Design my research on re-establishing ecologically determined ways of thinking, working, and being within communities helped me look at different ways how environmentalism can be better improved, analyzed and understood. Through the analysis of cultures, industries and wildlife that co-exist, My interest on ecological systems is inspired by the urgency of our shared need to reverse unhealthy and unsustainable impacts from human-made climate change.

Performance piece: 6000 Heavy Travels, 5 Day duration piece. This was taken on the 2nd day of the performance piece before I began the session. Chained onto my ankles are 50 pounds of concrete, 25 pounds each, and each on top of burlap that made them heavier and as a cushion to the gallery ground.