2020, High School, Art
My work is inspired by the detrimental effects climate change has on coral reefs. As temperatures rise, reefs fall prey to coral bleaching—a process where coral turn completely white. Water pollution, sunscreen chemicals, and excessive amounts of sunlight are also contributors. As I transitioned from creating colorful, healthy coral to white coral, I felt urged to aid in the preservation of coral reefs and am now in the process of creating a nonprofit organization that will contribute to beach cleanups, helping reduce the causes of coral bleaching and protect the animals that thrive in reef ecosystems. I hope the viewers of my artwork are also inspired to create change and lessen the impact of climate change on coral reefs. The small size of the scuba diver in my piece is reflective of how we, as humans, can sometimes feel inefficient in the middle of today’s ever-changing world (represented by the coral’s sudden transition from color to white), but anyone can make a difference! I try to conserve water, reduce food waste, and turn off lights. Knowing others can do the same gives me hope.