Imprisoned by Plastic
2019 Right Whales, High School, Art
Researching the dwindling population of the North Atlantic right whales gave me a further understanding of the direct relationship between humans and endangered species. Since these creatures are most often killed by colliding with ships, being caught in ropes, or encountering pollution, humans are the number one reason to explain why the North Atlantic Right Whales have a very small population of almost under 400. This being said, I believe humans also have to ability to protect these animals; therefore, I am inspired to spread awareness while also supporting key changemakers like Bradley Campbell, president of the Conservation Law Foundation; and Barbara Burgess and Donna Hazard, founders of Women Working for Oceans. Moreover, I created this colored-pencil drawing and titled the piece "Imprisoned by Plastic" because the seaweed chain and condensed plastic cube that weigh down the North Atlantic right whale mimic the old-fashioned prison punishment of wearing a ball and chain to prevent any escape. Finally, I purposefully decided to leave the background blank to symbolize the uncertainty and ambiguity of the future of the North Atlantic right whale, which will hopefully be positive.