In the week we celebrate United Nations World Oceans Day, we take a look at some of the thoughtful, playful and beautiful original artworks that pay tribute to the waters of our blue planet and the magnificent creatures that inhabit them.
About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water. Our oceans feeds billions of people and provide 80% of the world’s biodiversity. We need to conserve our wonderful marine resources for future generations. Part of this is to help protect marine life from the dangers of plastic by cutting down on our usage.
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Joel Sydenham, a British figurative artist, says, “The blue whale is the largest and one of the most mysterious animals ever to exist. They are larger than any dinosaur that ever walked the earth, but despite their tremendous size a lot of their behaviour is still mysterious to marine scientists.
“Plastic is one of the most overlooked substances in modern societies – in particular single use plastics. It’s everywhere and in everything! Now it has even found its way to the depths of the ocean and managed to become a threat to an animal that is the same size as 21 elephants.
“I’ve tried to use this piece to show the size and scale of the plastic pollution problem we are currently facing, it really is a whale of a problem! It is a problem that is bigger than any one individual. but one that we can all help solve, by limiting our use of plastic in general, making sure we recycle, and doing our best to cut out single use plastic.”
Joel teaches drawing for Open Ealing. If you would like to learn more, please click on the link below.
Other artists in the Skylark Galleries collective have different takes on the water that sustains us. Jo Hodgen injects humour into the subject, looking at how children interact with it and use it for pleasure.
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For Sarah Knight, it’s the colour and texture of the sea and its interplay with the sky that holds her in thrall.
And for Corrine Edwards, cowrie shell imprints feature in many of her artworks.