The Little Albatross
2017, High School, Art
There is so much beauty in our water sources, and I want to call attention to the dangers the aquatic ecosystem faces that can destroy that beauty. Water is a source of oxygen and a way of life for our society. From poles to tropical waters to small ponds, the water is home to a wide range of biodiversity and unique marine life. However, the pressing issue of pollution continues to foul this plethora of beauty. If something doesn’t change, all organisms that are dependent on its survival will perish under the disaster of our own making. I got the inspiration for my piece from a picture of a rotting albatross carcass. Inside its rib cage, there were the remains of a plastic bottle. The albatross, alluded to in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, represents the burden that humanity bears. The adulteration of the ocean through garbage is our own ‘albatross hanging off our neck.’ I wanted to use this imagery of an albatross--something pure and uncorrupted--being ‘strangled to death’ by soda can rings, to show the horrible consequences our actions have.