Will You Ever Hear the Innocent Cry?
2017, High School, Art
We are descendants of the ocean. What we do to it, whether good or bad, will eventually return to us and our future generations. However, studies have shown that over 70% of the population remain indifferent on the topic of marine pollution, because they couldn’t see a connection between such damage and the well-being of themselves. To raise awareness on marine pollution, I chose to create this artwork focusing on two popular concerns—marine debris and sewage. I took a direct approach, by personifying our ocean as a helpless mother, with the baby in her arms representing us—yes, not any random baby, but every single one of us. The untouched umbilical cord and the mud on the baby’s body, symbolizes how innocent babies suffered from our contaminated ocean, even before he opened his eyes. Finally, the clear waves in the background represent our past— and our future if we start changing. Now, think twice, who are the victims of ocean pollution? For those who don’t care, try imagining a life without fresh water—imagine drinking from water mixed with plastic and foam bits; having to take baths in foul-smelling sewage; spending your favorite vacation on a beach full of garbage… You might think this is distant from you, but it’s actually not that far away if we don’t change what we’re currently doing to our ocean bodies. Do not let ignorance murder our future generations. If you care, take action—right now.