30 Days of Hope
2020, High School, Interactive & Multimedia
Project Description: This piece is set up as a daily calendar, and is intended to empower and educate viewers, as well as engaging them directly in creating their own message of hope. Physically, it is composed of thirty 7 ½ by 3 ½ inch cards containing watercolor and white gouache images of inspiring people, places, quotes, and facts. Each day provides a new inspiring message. On the final day of the project, the user is asked to write their own message of hope, engaging them directly with the art piece. For 30 days in June I shared a card a day on Instagram and Facebook. At the end, I asked followers of the project for messages for hope as if they were writing on the cards. Many messages were in the vein of hoping for the larger population to take action and create solutions on the climate crisis, and others were hopeful that this could be achieved by young activists pushing constantly for change.
The climate crisis, especially the role of the ocean in this crisis, is often hidden from daily life. In designing this piece, I wanted to create something that would engage the viewer over multiple days, drawing them into the process of learning about our oceans over the course of a month. Over the years, I have ‘collected’ facts and figures about our oceans that particularly struck me. Through the process of creating this piece, I was able to combine this information in a way that will hopefully share my enthusiasm for ocean conservation with others. While choosing the subjects of the illustrations, I looked to people, places, and quotes which focus on both the urgency and importance of the crisis but also on the fact that we do still have the time and resources to change our trajectory. In designing this piece, I wanted to create something that would have a long-lasting impact, encouraging the viewer to think about the ocean and the climate crisis in relation to their daily life. While my piece only shows thirty reasons worth fighting for, there are so many more reasons to have hope.