Unusual New Coming
2021, High School, Art
Most people walk across streets in their daily life without considering or worrying about climate change. While people are warned by the news and taught in classrooms about unnatural weather patterns and natural disasters happening around the world, there is often a disconnect between urgency and reality. The woman in the white shirt standing before ocean waters portrays the feeling of emptiness and passivity in the midst of a chaotic situation. As the snow falls and waves encroach, there is an off-putting mood evoked by the complacency of the pedestrians. Instead of running for their lives, they seem oblivious to the fact that the ocean is swallowing their city. This inaction resembles the reality of our ignorant and indifferent culture today. Sometimes, we remember to recycle our plastic water bottles and feel proud of ourselves for “saving the earth”. But for the most part, those of us who are unaffected by climate change experience the privilege of enjoying life without the threats of rising sea levels, droughts, deforestation, pollution...the list goes on. My art aims to express this lack of urgency we feel towards the changes happening to our earth. This piece questions: What will it take for people to take action? Hopefully, my artwork can bring awareness to our lack of response to the global issue of climate change and its impacts.