Past Present Future
2019, Middle School, Art
This series shows marine life under the ocean from the point of view of three scuba divers in different time periods. It mainly focuses on the different ways coral reefs have changed due to the effects of ocean acidification and rising ocean temperatures, which are both caused by climate change. They can cause the coral reef to expel the algae (zooxanthellae) living in their tissues, resulting in coral bleaching. Changes in the amount of fish are drawn to show the impact coral bleaching has on its surrounding environment, and many other broken shells are drawn as well to highlight just how harmful ocean acidification can be. I also chose to use the perspective of three scuba divers because they represented how, although technology is becoming more advanced, the ocean environment is only getting worse because we do not give it enough attention. This situation can be improved if we reduce the production of carbon dioxide.