Painted by Dani

Custom hand-painted reusable water bottle designs

In 2018, I started a project called "Oasis CR: Marine Crisis Canvas Project". It consisted of a series of paintings that illustrated oceanic life problems to help raise awareness. My goal was for people to look at these and be more aware of humans' destruction of marine ecosystems and life. I wanted my audience to feel melancholy over the loss of our beautiful marine life and maybe even feel compelled to make a change in their daily lives (like boycotting plastic, picking up trash at the beach, etc).

 

 

Each painting mirrors a problem: ghost fishing, plastic contamination, rising temperatures leading to coral bleaching, and a look into the future.

A Look Into the Future

This painting portrays a possible reality in the future. Many toxins are being leaked out into the ocean, either through chemical factories wrongfully disposing their content, toxins in plastic, and more. If we don’t do something now, these waters may be too dangerous for our skin to be exposed to in the future. 

Ghost fishing

Many fishing nets are currently lost at sea, often thrown out by fishermen or fall out of boats. Many marine animals get entangled in these nets and, unable to escape, die of starvation. I wanted to contrast a beautiful healthy seaturtle with a trapped, distressed turtle caught in a contaminated fishing net to emphasize the horror of this problem.

Coral Bleaching

Slight changes in temperatures in the oceans wipes out all of a coral’s nutrients and kills it. As seen in the first canvas, millions of species of fish and other forms of life depend on corals, but when they are "bleached" and turn white, they are completely dead and lifeless.

50% of the world's corals have died. Change is more urgent now than ever and I wanted to portray this devastating process.

Jellyfish or Plastic?

There is an alarming amount of plastic drifting at sea, which later is ingested by sea life. Many marine animals, like sea turtles, mistake the floating transparent plastic bags for jellyfish due to their similarity in appearance and motion. Plastic fills up their stomachs and makes them feel full, as they are not able to digest it. Eventually, they end up starving to death. Some sea turtles even realize a plastic bag isn’t a jellyfish when they begin to ingest it, but by then it is too late. The plastic gets stuck in the "spines" of their throats, known as papillae. 

I wanted to show plastic in the eyes of a seaturtle and portray its uncanny resemblance to jellyfish.