Friday, December 31, 2010


a matter of highest importance, collage on paper, 5 x 3.5 inches

The challenge of getting this project done to meet the deadline of January 1, 2011 has been accomplished, with just hours to spare. There was a great deal of thinking about how I would interpret the idea of the budget of phosphorus. I discussed with my other artist friends the possibility of doing a book and gathered suggestions. There was even some talk of doing a flash animation, but in the end, when I seriously had to think about the time frame, I opted for collage, and I am happy I did.

"p" pee, collage on paper, 5 x 3.5 inches

After meeting and emailing with my scientist collaborators, Elizabeth Cook, Rebecca Hale and David Iwaniec, about the order of how phosphorus flows through the city, I set out to illustrate the process. There are eight collages in the series (aptly named MINDING YOUR "P"s), each representing a different aspect of the role of phosphorus (P). In a very simplistic manner, this is how it works:

1. P is mined from the earth
2. P is used as fertilizer in agriculture
3. agriculture grows and contains P
4. P gets consumed
5. P gets eliminated in urine
6. P goes through the water recycling process
7. if P gets recycled properly it can be reused and reintroduced in the irrigation system as fertilizer on the farms again
8. if P does not get recycled, it will go to the lakes and streams, thus causing an abundance of algae growth that eventually will kill off plants and animals.

This was a fascinating project to work on and I enjoyed the help and collaboration of the scientists at ASU's School of Life Sciences (SOLS) for the Sustainable Phosphorus (P) Summit: phosphorus, food, and our future.

You can view all of the images on flickr. This is a juried show, so wish me luck.

Work will be displayed at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ, in conjuction with the "Sustainable Phosphorus (P) Summit: phosphorus, food, and our future" on February 5, 2011. The exhibition will also be displayed at the Step Gallery at ASU from February 14-18th, 2011

Monday, December 13, 2010


chair series, winter greetings, collage on index card, 2010

This year I decided to not think too much about my winter greeting cards. They have a bit of humor behind them and I hope that people will find them amusing. Each one is an individual collage, and no two are alike. There are five themes: vintage patterns (mostly hats), vintage chairs and couches, dummy costumes, shoes and crazy politics. Which one will you get?

Thursday, December 9, 2010


I have just met with a group of science women. They study the budget of phosphorus (P) in the city of Phoenix. Not a monetary budget, but the amount of P that comes into and flows out of the city. I was quite fascinated by the flow of this important element, and quite frankly in just a brief meeting learned a lot about how it works, why it is important and why it can also be harmful.

illustration by Jacob Sahertian for Sustainable Phosphorus Summit, SOLS, ASU

This is all because of a project that I have signed up for that is part of the Sustainable Phosphorus Summit, sponsored by School of Life Sciences (SOLS) at ASU. The goal: communicating ideas about phosphorus sustainability to a broader audience of non-scientists.

With the help of scientists Rebecca Hale, Elizabeth Cook and David Iwaniec I am sure I will meet the challenge.