Swimming in a Different World
2017, High School, Art
As I started to study the detrimental effects that pollution has on the oceans, I came across a quote: “Why does wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why does proposing to destroy water with chemicals not make you a terrorist?” This quote is what ultimately gave me the inspiration to paint this picture. It so clearly demonstrates the selfishness of human nature; taking and not give back. The goal of my painting was to switch the roles of the aquatic and land animals. The purpose and my hope was for people to switch their mindset so they are looking at this art from the viewpoint of marine life. This is why the horse, humans, and butterfly are all below the water; whereas, the octopus, cormorant, and fish are above. Hopefully, because of the switched roles, viewers can connect with the marine life and begin to see why aquatic pollution needs to stop. In order to create change we first have to care deeply.