Born in San Jose, California, Phillip Hua was raised in the city that would eventually become the heart of Silicon Valley. As a child, he spent his days wandering the many fields and creeks now replaced with redevelopment, fueled by the tech industry. He went on to receive his BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
For his series All That Glitters, Hua explores the current state of our relationship with the natural world. Saying:
“I CREATE PHOTOMONTAGES THAT INTERWEAVE IMAGES OF NATURE CELEBRATED AGAINST A BACKDROP OF STOCK INDEXES FROM FINANCIAL NEWSPAPERS. THE JUXTAPOSITION OF NATURE AND COMMERCE PLACES THESE VALUES VYING FOR ATTENTION IN THE SAME SPACE. WHAT DO WE PRIORITIZE AND WHAT ARE WE WILLING TO SACRIFICE FOR ONE OR THE OTHER?”
While suggesting a darker subtext that isn’t so golden, Hua’s work lures the viewer in with the beauty of nature and hopefully ensnares them with the conscience of conservation.