Jeju, South Korea
2023, Senior, Interactive & Multimedia
Climate Hero: Jeong-a Bang, Ji-hae Hwang, and Soyoung Jung
Project Description: This website presents three South Korean women who are creating art with a focus on the environment. Each artist uses her medium in beautiful and fascinating ways. Also, each artist has her own unique message about the environment. I want to show readers that art is a powerful medium that can express all the possible things we feel about climate change, such as: sorrow, anger, hopelessness, hope, optimism, and empowerment.Visit Eco-Artistry
Last year, I founded an art history club at my school to learn more about Korean artists. When the time came to create my website, I knew who my Climate Hero would be – not just one person, but three different women who are all fighting with their talent and their artistry. After researching these artists' work and the climate crisis, I learned over and over again the power of the individual’s actions. Before the contest, when I thought about doing my part for the climate crisis, I thought about scientific research and discoveries, political activism and famous spokespeople, etc. I was not really thinking about small gestures and actions, or about the power of art to fight the climate crisis. Now, I am more motivated than ever to not only do my part as an individual every single day, but also to raise awareness about the problems facing our astonishing ecosystem so that individual actions can compound into a collective tsunami of solutions. Ultimately, I want to share the works of three Korean artists who are doing their individual part, using their unique talents and points of view to express how they feel and think about the environment. By doing so, I hope to share with readers the power that art holds as a tool of communication. By changing one heart and one mind at a time, eco-art can help save our planet.