Course: ARH 2050
Instructor: John Frazier
Inspired by the environmentalist work of Greta Thunberg, I challenged myself to create an artwork to raise awareness about plastic waste and the problem of biomagnification. Humans are unintentionally making themselves and others sick through our catastrophic use of the planet’s resources. This Chinook salmon with a plastic bottle inside the stomach and intestines illustrates the general public’s mass consumption of the world’s resources without understanding the interrelationships of our ecosystems and food sources. Each plastic-infected salmon we catch, raise, and eat could be making you, your child, your parent, your neighbor or another human sick. We humans have created this problem which impacts the dietary habit of almost every person on the planet.