2018, High School, Art
What I wanted to have as the main idea of my submission is that our oceans are the reflections of our land. The fishes in the middle of the illustration represent “yin and yang,” which in this case is nature and humanity. Although many see these two as opposites, they actually are tremendously connected. Reefs are like the cities, water is like the air, and corals are like the homes of the sea. Unfortunately, climate change, which is caused primarily by the ignorant acts of humanity, bleaches corals, alters the water temperature, and creates an acidic hydrosphere. That’s like burning down the sea creatures’ houses, making it impossible for them to breathe and eventually forcing them to die. What’s worse is that if we do not stop trashing our environment, the harm we’ve done to the ocean will reflect right back at us. This is an urgent issue that should be addressed; however, humankind does not prioritize the effects of global warming. Instead, they do more harm by obliviously polluting the world, which includes both the ocean and continents. We forget that if life underwater is endangered, so is humanity. What I hope I achieved with this piece is to raise awareness so people remember that protecting the ocean will protect future generations.