2021, Senior, Art
Every week, my family and I visit our grandparents and spend our time at the Seattle pier. As we take our weekend stroll across the docks, I would always notice unpleasant speckles that interrupted the peaceful waters. These speckles were human litter, garbage that wasn’t meant to be there. The very water that we depend on must not be trashed upon like this, especially not by our own hands. These life experiences and memories have inspired me to create this artwork. In the piece, the young boy solemnly looks down at the trash-infested waters while sitting on a damaged Ferris-wheel ride. The Ferris-wheel ride was specifically chosen to personify the never-ending cycle of our water contamination. We continuously lack care for our waters, defiling them with tons and tons of waste annually. The ride itself is symbolic of the environment that we live in, as seen by the young boy safely seated on it. However, the ride’s noticeable cracks are intentionally made to show that our mistreatment towards our Earth have started to take its toll. As the ride becomes more worn down, the beautiful home that we live on is slowly being wasted away, solely by the choices we make. To add on, the waste in the waters have their individual significances as well. The deceased cow represents the overreaching effects of water pollution, where even land mammals and agriculture are being affected. The school bus, on the other hand, represents the miniscule knowledge we have about how drastic of an effect water contamination has on us currently and in the future. This lack of awareness leads us to neglect and mistreat our waters. In totality, this artwork and its elements are a culmination of my water story. The narrative I want to show is that at our current pace, the Earth will become more and more unlivable since our integral resources are being polluted day by day. To save our water, our careless mindset must change.