This project begins by researching how art can change individual and collective behaviour regarding life support systems, using water conservation as a lens through which to examine wider environmental concerns. Examining the role and nature of art as an effective communicative tool has involved a journey from art activism to pure aesthetics and back again to explore the performativity of images. My hybridised practice first investigates how photography and video through performative actions, installation and social media can be activated to engage onlookers during environmental protests and beyond to support the movement for water sustainability. Art strategies were developed to raise public awareness of water by producing eye-catching visual aids such as water themed activist clothing and situating meaningful art interventions both during public campaigns and elsewhere. As well as engaging with socio-political art forms presented outside of gallery contexts my practice approaches New Materialist concerns with the primacy of matter in the age of the Anthropocene. Counteracting a dominant anthropocentric view of the universe my art practice explores the viscerality of matter to emphasise non-human agency. While photographing aquatic environments I used an extreme macro lens to closely observe the way light interacts within different states of water such as condensation and flowing water. This contributed to my growing interest in the optical effects of light refractions then a rupture caused a new awareness of my studio window pane prompting further study of the science behind light interacting with translucent materials. These discoveries on my art journey have augmented an appreciation of the complexity of the non-human world and generated more visually compelling ways to create and present activist art for environmental sustainability.