West Vancouver, Canada
2017, High School, Art
Climate change is an extremely relevant societal issue, but with the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, it appears that the challenge of defeating worldwide climate change is becoming more daunting. I decided to explore one aspect of environmental damage: ocean pollution. In my piece, the scenes that fill the frame of the distorted human body are the events that make up who we are: our memories. There are scenes of love, friendship, and more, all among the clean ocean of the past. However, the person is drowning and dying. Humanity is causing death, not only its own death, but also the environment’s death. Due to our ignorance, future generations won’t be able to enjoy the same luxuries we enjoy. The distorted body represents the guiltiness the person has for living selfishly—it symbolizes and foreshadows humanity’s fate in the future if we don’t change our ways.