As It Slips Through Our Fingers
Hanover, New Hampshire
2019 Right Whales, High School, Art
As I was researching the North Atlantic Right Whale, I realized that I wanted to create an artwork that showed the urgency in which we need to act to be able to save these whales. There are only a few hundred left, all of whom could easily disappear if we aren't careful about future actions. I portrayed this by painting a whale with a tail that is starting to fall apart. The red lines tangling out of the hand represent the fishing nets that are killing so many of the whales. The hand is grasping at the money, which is the reason that humanity does not try harder to change our ways. But as the money falls from the hand, it ceases to have importance and becomes just hunks of metal. This hand could be doing so much more than clenching the money selfishly. We could be saving the lives of hundreds of these whales, we just need to take action.