Escaping the polluted ocean


My artwork shows the escape of a sea turtle from its polluted coral habitat to an ideal pollution-free world by shattering a glass barrier.

Numerous human activities threaten our coral reef ecosystem. Consistent increase in the level of pollutants from land (ocean dumping, land runoff), ships (waste and noise pollution) and plastic keep damaging our oceans.

My artwork aims to sensitize people to protect our endangered reef ecosystem by depicting the turtle fleeing the polluted ocean and breaking free from the struggles marine animals face (represented by the glass) and entering an ideal world where they can live without any threats.

I have chosen the turtle to raise awareness about them because the turtle population by the Mauritian reefs have been heavily depleted due to human exploitation since the 19th century for their meat, eggs and shells.

I have used papier mâché for the turtle to achieve a 3-dimensional effect. Using acrylic paint, palette knifes, dry and wet brush techniques, I have obtained a realistic life-sized sea turtle in its coral habitat emerging from the canvas. The glass being shattered was done with acrylic paint using the wet brush technique and embraces surrealism since it is a product of imagination.

  • Single Artist
  • Painting
  • Single Work
  • 2022
  • Dry brush, wet brush, palette knife
  • Acrylic on canvas, papier mâché
  • 800 | 1000 | 30
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