Much like early humans making painting on the walls of caves I see my art making as a recording of current conditions in the natural world as well as culture and society. Living in the Hawaiian Archipelago I have gained insights from a culture that is contending with vanishing native species in a delicate eco-system. The role of artist as observer has never been more important nor our record keeping and art making more urgent. It is no longer adequate to work in separate silos- we need to collaborate with our communities to communicate the consequences of human actions on the natural environment and our efforts to mitigate , or not, for the future of humanity. Clay allows us to bridge one human mind to another in the present but also preserving information which may otherwise be lost to future generations.