‘Washed Up’ expresses concern for pollution

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“Washed Up: Ocean in Peril” is

a new exhibit featuring a collaboration

of artists uniting to shed

light on society’s effects on the

environment.

The exhibit will be featured in

the art gallery of the Art and Behavioral

Sciences Building until

March 7.

“As a consequence of world climate

extremes, human misuse of

natural resources and the ongoing

power of the sea itself, the Earth’s

oceans and coastal areas are undergoing

an alarming transformation,”

according to a Jan. 29 press

release.

Susana Mieres, director and

curator of the exhibit, says this is

an “observation” from various artists

of what is already going on in

the ocean along with the actions

of, “man’s folly.”

Destruction, created by man

and nature itself, is reflected from

many different directions, such as

the 2011 earthquake and tsunami

that struck Japan. Satoe Fukushima’s

piece, “Incoming Tide,”

reflects these emotional events.

After the tsunami hit her native

country, Fukushima traveled back

to see her family and helped those

living in the surrounding area.

“Many people lost everything,”

Mieres said, “but (they) still

smiled and had a sense of hope.”

Fukushima’s piece includes

photographs of various smiling

faces that represent the spirit and

will to continue when all hope

seemed lost.

A different direction in which

this exhibit displays the consequences

of our actions is Angie

Bray’s piece, “Eldon Down,” in

which she is displaying the shadow

of a gull hopelessly twirling in

an emotionless state.

“I hope that it [the exhibit] will

make people pay more attention to

what they see,” Bray said..

Bray wanted her piece to convey

her feelings towards the subject

matter rather than advocating

or telling people what to do.

Because EC is also part of the

beach community, students must

realize that their actions affect

their environment. Bray said that

this is a chance to reflect on how

changes over time are caused by

people individually, and as a society.

“I want people to realize, ‘oh

look what’s happened,’” Bray said.

Bray reminisces on her beach

experience when she was a child

and can note the obvious differences

in the environment and

hopes others will too.

Another artist, Adrian Amjadi,

suggests the idea that humans are

“guilty of their emotions,” in such

a way that we do not think about

how we affect our environment.

“Humans are distant to the idea

that their behavior is reflected in

their environment,” Amajadi said.

Amjadi’s piece can be described

as a gem-like prism representing

a slice of the ocean with

piping inside, that is being supported

in the air by a tower.

The piping in the slice of the

ocean represents the benefits that

we receive from the ocean such

as oil, without caring about how

we come about those resources or

how they affect the ocean in the

future.

“It’s about the human experience.

We are harming the earth,

not just scarring it,” Amjadi said.

“As humans we are repeating

history without even knowing it.

It’s an ongoing cycle,” Amjadi

added.

Ultimately, Mieres, along with

the other artists, hopes that this

exhibit will get students thinking

about their environment, their actions

and what they can do to preserve

it.

An issue that was found on

the EC Campus, for instance, is

that there are no recycling bins

on campus. Many students, along

with the artists, were unaware and

shocked to learn this.

Carlos Payes, 21, Graphic Design

major was very interested in

the exhibit. He never considered

all the aspects that the artists

touched upon as being a whole

and believes that students will be

more active about this issue.

“We need to be mindful of our

actions because it’s not just an individual

thing; it’s the community

as a whole. As for the recycling

situation here, maybe we as students

can start making this known

because it is an issue,” Payes said

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