2017, High School, Art
I created the piece “Emerging” in order to depict the troubling guilt people have been undergoing due to the human influence on the deterioration of the ocean. Throughout the last few decades our oceans have been experiencing a drastic increase in pollution of all sort, a proliferation so high that the situation seems almost hopeless. In this piece, I have represented this hopelessness with a human subject struggling for a breath of air, meaning that although it may be difficult to clean up the mess we have imposed on our oceans, there is a solution and it must be carried out. The confusion that comes with these issues is represented through the troubled waters visible in my piece. Another aspect within this piece with a prominent meaning is the koi fish, in this case symbolizing the unknown solution to the situation, which is associated with a spark of hope. I decided to incorporate this particular fish due to its energetic life force demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and travel upstream. Some cultural characteristics include success, courage, ambition and perseverance, which are key characteristics activists and the rest of the world need to embody if we want to save our oceans.