Part of my Year 12 art project, print 3 out of a series of 3.
The influence we, as humans, have on the environment is ever continuous. It will always be the case that each generation will be handed down the task of preserving everything around us. Similar to artist Andy Goldsworthy the continuous exploitation of the land continuously fuels my passion, driving me to communicate a strong message about what the outcome for us and our world might be. The ultimate goal of the human race is to live along side nature, in tandem. However, this idealistic life persistently seems to be a dream that will never occur. We are custodians, the stewards of the land and can be represented as puppeteers. I question what we as humans consider as our responsibility as our hands damage, destroy and eliminate the natural world around us.
“Fish Out of Water “ expresses a story of what will become of the resources we rely on, due to this lack of care, such as, the impact of oil spills, overfishing and the continuous destruction of our natural resources and surroundings. Within this work, there are not only natural fish, but also fish constructed out of wax. The media of wax represents the sense of invincibility in which the human race views itself. Wax suggests plastic and fake, it changes the fish from living and familiar to a material that resists water. No longer is the fish one with water, it is now foreign to its own natural environment. The way that wax can be manipulated is an essential part of this work, expressing the way in which humans manipulate their surroundings.
The mutations of the fish in the bookshelves show the fish growing of human limbs. Their mutations connect humans to the environment, indicating the toxicidity of our actions. These mutated fish are in jars, preserved, and featured in a home as souvenirs of time passed. These fish are from our future and are evidence of what was, what we did and what hopefully, will now never be.