Fish Mosaic in Plastic Polluted Sea, Series 3 • Mixed media (Acrylic and craft sand) on canvas • 91.5 x 152.3 cm • 2019 • by artjamila
Interpretation:Several regions of river and sea water in Malaysia are now polluted with plastic. Irresponsible human actions cause aquatic life to suffer. The unhappy and suffocating creatures in this painting are drawn to be trapped within plastic rubbish, causing them to accept a deathly fate. The artist interpreted the different kinds of fish and marine creatures with patterns and colours in the form of a mosaic. The aquatic creatures in this painting are pictured eating and swallowing plastic waste, oblivious to the dangers plastic can bring to their bodies. Octopus are seen holding onto plastic straws with their tentacles, carrying the plastic wherever they go. Fishes are eating plastic bags while mistaking them for food. Seahorses are seen sucking in small bits of broken plastic into their mouth, unknowingly damaging their insides. With the increasing of dying fish comes the possibility of the species becoming extinct. If all fish become extinct, humans would lose a valuable source of protein to their diet. Not only that, animals like birds and bears will lose a source of food, causing the food chain to be disrupted, leading to the further extinction of other animals due to starvation. It is a pitiful sight to see the creatures suffer under the development of mankind. In conclusion, humans should take responsibility over their own actions. Strict rules must be implemented at beaches to ensure people do not throw their rubbish into the sea water. Humans should also reduce the use of ordinary plastic and instead use reusable bags, paper or biodegrable materials. The society should play a role in recycling used plastic by throwing plastic waste into recycling bins. Other than that, people living close to rivers should not throw their plastic waste into the rivers.