Searching for the Ghosts of the Gulf
Brandon Ballengée is a visual artist, biologist, and environmental activist who creates work examining the impact of the Anthropocene inspired by meticulous field and laboratory research.Artist Bio
This interdisciplinary art and environmental project seeks to activate and empower Gulf of Mexico residents through eco-actions and pop-up exhibitions in coastal Louisiana. A project focus is to collectively search for and poetically portray “missing” Gulf species that have not been reported since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Searching for the Ghosts of the Gulf premiered as part of FishSTOCK, a community celebration of art, adaptation, and fishes, in Plaquemines Parish, LA on March 25, 2023.
Brandon Ballengée is a visual artist, biologist, and environmental activist based in Arnaudville, Louisiana, who creates artwork inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Through research, he focuses on the impact of the Anthropocene on human and non-human communities, and his artistic practice combines participatory science programs with poetic interpretations of extinct or deformed animals due to human impact.
Ballengée received his Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Art and Biology from Plymouth University with the Hochschule für Gestaltung Zürich. Since 2016, he has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at Louisiana State University’s Museum of Natural Science, studying impacts from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In 2017, Ballengée was a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History, examining species “missing” from the Gulf since the 2010 oil spill. Ballengée’s work has been exhibited in over 20 countries and, in 2013, the first survey of his work debuted at the Château de Chamarande in France, and traveled to the Museum Het Domein in the Netherlands. In 2016, a 20-year retrospective of his work was held at University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie, Wyoming.