Jenna Faye Powell’s work envisions what role ‘future us’ might play in the sci-fi story of society’s time ahead. Powell’s work finds roots in climate science fiction where the environment is cast as protagonist. Employing maximalism as motif, Powell’s meticulously detailed drawings depict an ecosystem that has already bounced back from an already-transpired environmental disaster. Populated with survivalist items such as inhalers, glasses, matches and candles, Powell’s work reflects themes of sanctuary, survival, solace, and mental fortitude in the face of disaster, and simply asks, what would you need to survive? Despite all of this, Powell self-identifies as an optimist.
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