Johannesburg, South Africa
2017, High School, Art
My idea for this project was to create a mixed media artwork that shows a turtle swimming through waste, except over the years’ pollution has gradually increased creating a serious problem for humanity and the earth. So, I decided to create a timeline to show the increase in pollution over the years. I picked glass because it is made from sand which is recycling. It is thick in volume which creates a blue/ green colour similar to oceans. I chose engraving with a dermal tool because it is a medium that I have never done before and was very interested in. It creates a three-dimensional effect on the glass which creates a reflection. My first idea was to place the glass in a line but then I soon realised that the viewer would not see the movement or the increase in pollution well enough, so I decided to place them in a circle to create a timeline. The circle represents the earth, ocean, turtle swimming, and timeline. I am naming my artwork ‘Turtle Decrease’ because the number of turtles dying from pollution is heartbreaking.