Alison Beste

Media: Archival inkjet print

Artist statement: My photographs explore the boundaries between the built and natural world through tropes of Hawai‘i. I examine how constructs of nature and the artificial are interrelated, ambiguous, and mediated by culture. With millions of tourists visiting the islands every year, expectations of an organic paradise collide with an often-manufactured environment. Oil tankers evoke tropical sunsets, concrete “rocks” create teeming lagoons, and light pollution indicates an infringing human presence. My work scrutinizes the tension between nature and artifice in this popular “paradise.”