Short Hills, NJ
2017, High School, Art
I created this piece as a part of my concentration which focuses on the journey of a sea turtle and advocates for ocean conservation. Inspired by a research expedition in the Bahamas, this piece depicts a sea turtle as it faces the human-induced challenge of ocean pollution. Fishing hooks and longlines manage to trap not only the fish desired, but also endangered species of sharks, whales, and sea turtles. In this painting, a generous sea turtle acts as a good samaritan, attempting to release a whale entangled in a fishing net. However, it is to no avail. The turtle and the whale are painted in bright blue colors, while a harsh black line of ink interrupts the flow of the ocean. By polluting the ocean with garbage and fishing equipment, we are creating a battle between humans and the ocean with all its marine life.