The Starting Point
Binh Duong, Vietnam
2023, Senior, Art
Climate Hero: Do Thi Thom (mother)
My first goal was very simple: to find a popular hero and draw their portrait. However, I soon realized that most of their work is pretty far-fetched, and drawing something like that was not enough to galvanize people into action. That’s why I shifted my target to more familiar ones, because what I want my work to do is inspire people and not just praise a hero who is taking incredible action. I also wanted to draw somebody who is familiar to everyone. When I was watching my mother cooking dinner, I suddenly had a thought: “Why don’t I draw my mother?” Although my mother is just a typical mother, she is taking action against climate change. Everyday she cooks vegetarian food and goes shopping without using plastic bags. She is also aware of the energy crisis and uses natural light instead of industrial ones.