Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2016, Middle School, Art
The BP Oil Spill deeply affected me. Such a small human error caused the suffering of so many species. Moreover, this was the impact of just one oil spill incident. Thus, I was inspired to create the watercolor piece “Mermaid’s Tears.” The mermaid represents two points of view: one is from marine creatures and the other is from humans. I illustrated her victimhood by drawing an oil-like hand that catches her fish tail. Although she is half fish, she acts like her human counterpart, paralyzed by fear. She cries in recognition of the miserable fate awaiting the other animals. Ironically, isn’t that what we have been doing for decades? Ocean health continues to deteriorate because of man’s selfish desires. When disaster strikes, we conveniently ignore it. While oil spills may seem harmless to humans, they devastate aquatic species and deeply worsen the state of the environment.