Happy Saturday. Although I wouldn’t say, I’m toooo happy, more shook and shocked and really feeling like I need to something NOW, after watching probably the best documentary I’ve ever seen last night. In honor of watching A Plastic Ocean on Netflix, I want to bring forth this issue through my art as much as I can.
As you know, I paint waves, and for a while i’ve been really stumped on why it is I paint waves/ why I haven’t been painting more of them (as they got the most press over any of my work). I don’t surf nearly as much as I’d like to. I don’t live on the ocean. I don’t take surf photography, yet, when I was about 16 years old I started painting waves after downloading instagram and following surfers accounts and surf photographers accounts. Some of my favorite like Kenji Croman, Chris Burkard even reached out to me to feature my work of their photos, which was beyond humbling and made me even more stoked to further this series. As life tends to do, I moved around, started traveling more, searching for the meaning behind my work, and stopped painting.
For a while, I have really been contemplating this idea behind why the heck I was so focused and driven to paint these waves when I was so young and for years now, I have been trying to find a way to get back into it and feel that passion I have once felt. But for some reason it has not come naturally.
As an artist with a tremendous amount of anxiety and OCD around having the “perfect” studio space, having everything “in tune” regarding my intention in my work, and my studio space, I just haven’t felt it honestly, until now.
Watching A Plastic Ocean brought me to tears, gave me chills, even made me laugh at points in honest-to-goodness shock and despair in what human beings are doing to our ocean, and greatly, our PLANET.
Over the last 300-400 years we really have been able to start destructing. This documentary is truly earth shattering in the TRUE FACTS and evidence of the harms of plastic on our oceans. The way plastic is killing sea life, contaminating our water and contaminating our bodies. It is affecting communities all over the world and we need to WAKE UP.
Are you recycling?
Do you choose plastic over paper at the grocery store?
ARE YOU AWARE OF HOW YOU ARE AFFECTING/MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN SAVING OUR PLANET?
WE ARE DESTROYING OUR ECO-SYSTEMS.
WE ARE DESTROYING OUR OCEAN.
WE ARE DESTROYING OUR PLANET.
Surfer Magazine // Panama Edition Original Photo Taken By: Chris Burkard