Original Artist Statement

My artwork is inspired by the Madhubani painting tradition that has played a vital role in environmental conservation efforts in India. This art style is known for its unique representation of natural elements—like the sun, moon, animals, birds, flowers, trees, fish—and their relationship with humans and ancient deities. I have symbolically represented the factors expediting climate change and causing the near extinction of the hump-backed Mahseer fish: a human being with the head of a scorching sun represents global warming; loss of habitat caused by deforestation is shown as an uprooted-inverted tree; industrial pollution is represented by gears and a polluting factory; migratory barriers are represented by the Dam signage; overexploitation is expressed by the dead fish surrounded by nets; and environmental pollution is shown as the plastic trash, waste, and murky bubbles of water. My artwork serves as a visual reminder of unrelenting human greed and its consequences.

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Vedika Amin
Mumbai, India
2019

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Printed on archival fine art matte paper, with thin white border

Original Artist Statement

My artwork is inspired by the Madhubani painting tradition that has played a vital role in environmental conservation efforts in India. This art style is known for its unique representation of natural elements—like the sun, moon, animals, birds, flowers, trees, fish—and their relationship with humans and ancient deities. I have symbolically represented the factors expediting climate change and causing the near extinction of the hump-backed Mahseer fish: a human being with the head of a scorching sun represents global warming; loss of habitat caused by deforestation is shown as an uprooted-inverted tree; industrial pollution is represented by gears and a polluting factory; migratory barriers are represented by the Dam signage; overexploitation is expressed by the dead fish surrounded by nets; and environmental pollution is shown as the plastic trash, waste, and murky bubbles of water. My artwork serves as a visual reminder of unrelenting human greed and its consequences.

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