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"Mother Earth - Front"
By Gian Lee
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2020 - Division III (Grades 9-12)

The theme Our Earth, Our Home is represented through my work “Mother Earth” in the way our planet serves as a Mother to us all, thus being our “Home”. The hunched over human figure is Earth, covered in lush green that represents the beauty of nature. The head of an infant baby represents humanity, and we cling to the back of Mother Earth, depending on it for sustenance and survival. Mother Earth, however, is burdened by the weight of supporting us and although we are but a small part of her, we wear her out and weigh her down. My work represents the relationship between a mother and her child, and how, just like a baby, we constantly take from our Earth without giving anything back. Through this project, I want to spread the important message that we need to treat Mother Earth with respect; she is the only home we have, and we will most definitely regret it if we mistreat her. I hope that through my piece, viewers would recognize a mother’s unconditional love for her child and feel compelled to treat our Mother Earth better. She really does give bountifully, and we must preserve her in order to sustain her and ourselves.