I am the child of refugees. I see images of fleeing people wearing life jackets and remember my parents’ stories of desperation. Their adopted home on Canada’s northwest coast was a site for shelter, community, and meaningful work. They cherished the peace they found here. I portray these necessities through images of nature. Many refugees come from parts of the world harshly affected by global warming and conditions will only worsen as it accelerates. Conflating nature with refugees also proposes that the natural world needs to be kept afloat, to be rescued, to be cared for. There are four jackets in the series and I have plans for three more. Stay tuned.   photos by Ted Clarke Image This detail images BMatzkuhn.