Artsy: Political corruption, apathy towards the environment, and corporate influence are among the concerns driving these paintings. Is there a specific situation or issue that is especially concerning to you?
SF: Climate change and lack of a response to it is probably the thing that concerns me most. Ninety-nine percent of the scientific community agrees that it’s a huge threat to the planet, but very little is being done about it. Imagine if 99% of the intelligence community said that a certain political faction posed a huge threat to the planet—do you think nothing would be done about it?
One of the causes of political inaction on climate change is campaign finance structure. The fossil fuel industry has a huge amount of power in politics. A lot of policies that cater to corporations and ignore average people stem from the legal bribery that happens under current campaign finance policy.
It is not always easy to make art about these complex issues—often insidious and not often sexy—but I enjoy the challenge of making images that draw people into a conversation they might not otherwise have.