Statement & Bio
For several years now, I have been examining the state of the planet, its vast array of inhabitants—myself included—and the violence that this collective entity has experienced throughout its long life, but specifically since the dawn of industrialization and Western capitalism. In a system of exploitation and hierarchical categorization of value, we’ve seen the land and its indigenous populations suffer in the name of colonization, expansion, and domination. The wounds have gone unhealed for generations and we bear witness to the worldwide environmental consequences of unchecked imperialism and corporate greed.
The pain of the earth is, inherently, a pain inflicted upon humanity. In our global ecosystem all forms of life are connected through a deeply woven web of cosmological intricacies. That is to say, for humans to speak out and fight against the atrocities inflicted upon the earth is to ultimately preserve the human race and see to our continued survival. If we as a species are to have any hope of prolonged life on this planet, governing bodies must prepare to integrate ecocentric policies to ensure the protection of what remains of the earth’s resources and natural habitats.
Through my artistic practice, I seek to aid in this shift towards deep ecological thinking, and to push people into action against the systems which oppress us and our fellow earth dwellers. I hope to expand notions of “kin” and “community” to include all residents of earth—human and nonhuman—and to engage individuals with dark, ugly truths behind the capitalist imperialist destruction of lands and cultures. Using the tools I’m equipped with as a creative worker, I intend on combating the violence within our global community and to join others in the liberation of our planet.
Alek de Dóchas is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Albuquerque, NM & Boise, ID who works primarily in a combination of ceramic sculpture, video, performance, and installation. They have attended Pacific Northwest College of Art (Oregon) and Boise State University (Idaho), graduating with a BFA in Visual Art at the latter institute in the Spring of 2018. De Dóchas is currently a graduate student in the University of New Mexico's MFA Art & Ecology program. In their studio practice, Alek explores eco-philosophy, deep ecology, and environmental activism as well as their own identity as a queer Latinx artist in the United States and how those topics intersect. Future exhibitions will be announced as they approach.