The two sides of the diptych are the outside and inside. The irony is that there is no trash inside of the trash bag, as one would expect. It is representational of how trash and other pollutants are not being disposed properly, therefore entering environments, such as the ocean.
The left side is a noose created using plastic and the right side is a grocery bag with a fish inside that is also made of plastic. This piece represents how plastic and other pollutants are killing the ocean and humans must confront this.
My original topic was the destruction of nature. I chose to based my diptychs on Water Lilies by Monet as a basis because I wanted to study the portrayal of nature by humans, but through doing my diptychs, I developed my concept by thinking about the destruction of nature. At the end, I was mainly focused on ocean pollution. At first, I struggled creating my diptychs because I relied heavily on art making that I was more comfortable with: painting. I incorporated paint into a few of my diptychs because I wasn’t sure how else to add color and finesse to my diptychs, however, I started using found trash instead, and those diptychs were more successful.
The destruction of the ocean is apart of many contexts. Many people assume it’s just an environmental issue, but it also affects politics, economy, and health. Fishing is a major industry. Pollution and overfishing are both destroying the oceans, but aren’t stopping because politicians around the world don’t require sufficient regulations due to the economic profitability of fish. However, at this rate, fish are endangered. Also, with heavy pollution, fish are becoming more unsafe to eat, as they contain high levels of toxins.