No Time to Waste.
Eco-Art Competition 2021.

Calling all artists ages 5-22. Use your creativity to help sustain our world!

*Submissions received must be in English

* Due to U.S. regulations, cash prizes awarded outside of the United States are subject to review and may not be eligible for cash award.

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The Generation
By Emma Barnes
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2021 - Division III (Ages 14-18)

My piece "The Generation" applies the theme "No Time to Waste" in a couple different ways. The articles shown in the painting (each inspired by a real article I have read with a real year) show the time passing as our world deteriorates. The article topics, spanning from 2004 to 2020, show some of the different major environmental problems that year. There are other small aspects to the painting that relate back to time, but I included a couple of other themes, one of them being hypocrisy or irony. You can see the irony represented with the plastic water bottle, the Apple computer, and the plant. The painting does not specifically picture one environmental problem, I think it addresses the issue of progress, and how when it comes to the Earth progress of any kind will be an afterthought to the newest iphone, computer, fancy water bottle, and so much more. I cannot deny that I contribute to consumerism, as do many people in my generation and other generations. I used oil paints, a medium I have just recently started learning about, and acrylic paint markers. There is nothing deeper to this, as these materials were the easiest to access at the time. I think that my piece is up to interpretation and very detail oriented, so it could definitely push the viewer to think a little bit more about the teenage experience in our generation as well as how the environmental crisis affects us from a mental and social standpoint. It can prompt questions about the painting and certain aspects like the fire surrounding the girl, the hypocrisy represented, or it could prompt the viewer to research more about our crisis and lack of time due to the articles shown in the painting.