OCEAN JUNK (2019)

OCEAN JUNK (SERIES)

 

To be a Maldivian means that I have to accept the fact that I am environmentally threatened, already. Scientists and geologists agree that the entire nation is destined to sink in the next 50 years or so. It concerns me.

 

The inspiration for the series came about by seeing the unbelievable amount of garbage collected on reef cleanup activities in some islands in the Maldives. Our lives resonate with what we throw away. The toy, the pair of shoes, bag, guitar and cassette tapes which were once favorites, irresponsibly ends up in the sea along with hundreds of other odd things only to be washed on the shore of a distant beach. In addition to things that hint of far away places, it is depressing to see that most of it were local.

 

It reminds me to minimize waste as an individual, and the importance of managing the waste responsibly on a global scale in order to save my home, and the planet.

 

My work of this series is sarcastically scientific in nature. It surrealistically mimics actual species of fish with waste objects. Just like the scientific illustrations, they stand alone on a white sheet, with a name that describes it.

 

It exists. It has a name. It is documented and it has a message.

 

One thing that repeats in all of them is a kind of natural growth. After all, we may destroy the planet and ultimately face its consequences but nature will prevail somehow.

OCEAN JUNK (SERIES)

 

To be a Maldivian means that I have to accept the fact that I am environmentally threatened, already. Scientists and geologists agree that the entire nation is destined to sink in the next 50 years or so. It concerns me.

 

The inspiration for the series came about by seeing the unbelievable amount of garbage collected on reef cleanup activities in some islands in the Maldives. Our lives resonate with what we throw away. The toy, the pair of shoes, bag, guitar and cassette tapes which were once favorites, irresponsibly ends up in the sea along with hundreds of other odd things only to be washed on the shore of a distant beach. In addition to things that hint of far away places, it is depressing to see that most of it were local.

 

It reminds me to minimize waste as an individual, and the importance of managing the waste responsibly on a global scale in order to save my home, and the planet.

 

My work of this series is sarcastically scientific in nature. It surrealistically mimics actual species of fish with waste objects. Just like the scientific illustrations, they stand alone on a white sheet, with a name that describes it.

 

It exists. It has a name. It is documented and it has a message.

 

One thing that repeats in all of them is a kind of natural growth. After all, we may destroy the planet and ultimately face its consequences but nature will prevail somehow.