Artist Projects


Kerry Skarbakka

Fluid are large-format constructions of a human interacting with water ranging from drowning to drought. Made at various depths and locations, with the artist as model, these photographs are visual metaphors that reference current concerns and envision the potential realities of climate change. From these depictions of drowning and displacement caused by flash floods and drought, the effects of global warming and the complex meaning of water as currency (and a resource) is at the center of this visual discussion.  Adaptation and survival are the new discourse, challenging the individual meaning and the very definition of water itself.

Project Updates

  • 2013: “Fluid” image, “Submarine” © 2009 is exhibited in “En Dialogo con la Mar” (In Dialogue with the Ocean) at the Museo de la Cuidad in Cuernava Morelos, Mexico.

  • 2010: Work from “Fluid” is included in the solo exhibition, “Anxiety and Redemption” at the The Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 2016: Work from “Fluid” is exhibited in a solo exhibition, “On the Brink” at the Fairbanks Gallery of Art at Oregon State University

  • 2006: Skarbakka’s Creative Capital Project, Fluid, premeires at Lawrimore Project in Seattle, Washington

  • 2006: Skarbakka is selected for a Light Work artist-in-residency to work on his Creative Capital project, Fluid

  • 2006: Fluid is exhibited at Lawirmore Projects in Seattle