At the start of the year, Camille, a year 12 student from Hertfordshire, took over the UKSSN social media to post artwork she created in response to the climate and nature crises. Below you can see the various pieces of her eco-art and what they represent.
This barcode lotus represents finding peace within chaos and extractive capitalism. It also shows hope in nature regrowing despite our destruction.
Here is a burning Earth inspired by the quote ‘Our house is on fire’ from the Greta Thunberg 2019 World Economic Forum speech.
The Earth is made from plastic representing our pollution of nature.
For the background, Camille has used a graph of extreme weather events (each colour is a different event), with parts of Greta Thunberg's speeches. Over the top are drawings of packaging hanging on a dead tree.
'This is a painting of a tree in my garden that I hung rubbish from (of course removing it after!) I did it because I was annoyed at the packaging that everything came in. The can and glass bottle can be recycled but I thought they were pretty.'
Here are drawings from COP26 protests showing anger but also action and hope that people won’t put up with injustices.
This is a painting of a magical little twisted tree stump in the woods.
'Here is a painting from a broken hose and old trampoline that I dismantled, highlighting the amount of stuff we have that eventually has to be disposed of.'
This is a painting of a forest path surrounded by logs - representing deforestation and habitat loss.
This is a collage with pictures taken from a natural health magazine. It shows meditation through eco-anxiety, patterns in nature in Romanesco and animal cruelty through saving the cows.
'Here is a charcoal drawing of a tree on brown packaging paper. I love the personalities that trees have and reusing paper is a great way to make art more sustainable.'
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