While California has adopted a law that requires it to reach 100% renewable energy by 2045, new infrastructure is needed to meet the demand that paradoxically threatens natural parks. “Millions of acres of protected areas—from the iconic Joshua Tree National Park to the remote Mojave Desert—are currently under threat from the pressure of the solar energy lobby.” With Sungazing, Catherine Canac-Marquis reflects on environmental issues, the rise of the renewable energy industry and its impact on the preservation of natural habitats. She presents a lyrical but rigorous vision of the natural phenomenon and its exploitation in the Californian desert. “Punctuated by allusions to the sun, my images oscillate between organisms adapted to desert habitats, the visible consequences of global warming and infrastructure that allow for the production of clean energy.”
Catherine Canac-Marquis (b. 1988) is a French-Canadian photographer living and working in Long Beach, California. Her work is mainly focused on environmental issues, climate change, America’s public lands, and the documentary role of the photographic medium. She received her BFA with Distinction in Photography from Concordia University in 2017, and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Climate Change from Laval University. It has been included in solo and group exhibitions at The Reykjavik Museum of Photography (Reykjavik, 2019), The Letter Bet (Montreal, 2018), and Gallery 44 | Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto, 2017). Most recently, she founded Envelope, a collective to empower women artists while sustaining their creative growth as they pursue professional editorial work.