2017, High School, Art
Our society depends on all of Earth’s features: the land, water, atmosphere, etc., though we do not show our appreciation for them. Development over time with new machines and new ways, many of them cause a harmful amount of pollution. My watercolor expresses that our people and culture are infecting our ocean every day purely for our own benefit. The ocean begins fresh and clean, but then as we develop, only thinking for ourselves, the ocean starts to lose its biodiversity and become infected. As the ocean tries to break free we hold on tightly, we need it to survive. In the end, a more green and sustainable way is resolved by us and it cooperates with the ocean. The air pollution causes ocean acidification. This affects the coastal areas significantly by slowly killing off coral reefs, fish, and others. By continuing our ways it will only cause us to lose Earth’s valuable resources. If we are to expand our ideas it needs to be clean for us and the earth, a win-win. The last hand gesture you can see that the earth has become greener and the water is back to its original state. This can only result from having a more sustainable way of living, the pollution needs to stop. Also, there are no fish in this image. Even if we alter our ways, it doesn't mean that we can always get everything back. By not acting soon, things that are needed for survival could be diminished. We need the ocean to survive, so we need to start acting like it.