““PERNICIEM” is Latin for extinction, Nathan Sawaya and Dean West in their new collaboration “PERNICIEM” turn their eye towards the environment and some of its most endangered species. Covering five main habitats; oceans, forests, deserts, grasslands and the arctic, the idea is simple- that if we do not
collectively act to conserve our planet and its species, then we’re left with having to create, an artificial reality. Sawaya’s sculptures are built, photographed and rendered into West’s
photograph photography, emulating a form of augmented reality that references the increasing digitization of
our world. The pixelated effect, forces the viewer to consider the past, present and future of our landscape.
The effects of climate change, declining sea ice, deforestation, polluted waterways and the illegal wildlife trade, have decimated the numbers of species across the globe pushing many to the brink of extinction. This collaboration forces the viewer to consider their own relationship,
with a fast changing world.
A percentage of the proceeds will go to NGOs that are on the ground protecting and preserving the beauty and splendor of our world.
Illegal wildlife trade of ivory, skins and bones have decimated elephant and rhino populations along with countless other species which are overexploited and
harvested and sold legitimately as food, pets, ornamental plants, leather, tourist ornaments and medicine”