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I wanted to portray garbage as a constant, looming threat so instead of hiding it like we tend to do in our society, I imagined it as a layer above us that the super-hero, waste-management figure struggles to keep from contaminating our idyllic word below. Not only is waste a threat to humans but also impacts the environment and endangers the flora and fauna. I included the fish and flower as part of the struggle—emblems of the natural world that are also protected by effective waste management.

Stephen Gibb earned a B.F.A. in visual arts from the University of Windsor in 1985 and is currently represented by the St. Germain gallery in Toronto. Among the cities he has exhibited in are San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Hollywood—the hotbed of California’s Lowbrow and Pop Surrealism community. His work is collected around the globe and has gained widening interest since working on the album art for hip hop artist Trippie Redd.

Stephen Gibb
Stephen Gibb