Artist's description:

This piece I created for The Octopus Energy Art Prize. Climate change and other social issues are something I'm very passionate about in my daily life, however I've never directly made art about these issues for some reason. When I read this brief I thought it would be a good way to speak up and use my platform as an artist to engage people about some of the serious issues happening to our poor planet.

My practice develops and progresses from a lot of writing which becomes almost like a form of storytelling, so I wanted to combine that into my process. Something which upsets me a lot is the sea levels rising, and the effects this has on the animals, agriculture but also the human population.

I started this piece by writing a short poem based on what our inevitable dystopian future would be without change. It's about humanity slowly getting engulfed by the sea due to the ice caps melting and how slowly we're all going to be alone and have lost everything. In the story humanity becomes at one with the sea and slowly turn into sea people, looking out over the horizon, gazing at where their home would be, wishing they could've done something sooner.

The technique i've used to create this work was rug punching, I wanted to create a monochromatic piece with lots of different textures which represent the now rough goings of the sea.

Materials used:

Wool on hessian

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Now we're all alone and at one with the sea (2019)

$1,935.31

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This artwork is sold by Selby Hurst Inglefield from United Kingdom

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