How do you make good looking art out of a touchy subject?
For the brief in question, we were asked to investigate problems, whether global, social, or environmental. It’s not about showing what goes on in full detail, but more about conveying whats really going on and giving a sense of immersion from the viewer’s perspective. I suppose that one of the aims of this project might have been to give the viewer a realistic taste of what might be happening in a situation, but at the same time stimulate the imagination and create a unique perspective on events.
At first, many of the thoughts that went through my mind on what I should be doing shot straight to major global issues such as the Ebola crisis, civil unrest in the middle-east and throughout many parts of Africa, natural disasters etc.
An area that people don’t hear much about, I thought at least, is the collection of environmental issues we face today. One example could be the near extinction of many different species due to reduced habitat, pollution, but largely also to the demand created in Asian markets. Poaching is at an all time high.
Now poaching isn’t limited to the Plains and forests of Africa where Elephant, Rhinoceros, Hippo and Lion are poached for their hide, ivory, tusks, bones and pelts. Poaching is also a very large problem in relation to the Ocean. Predominately due to demand in the Asian black market, many species of shark, ray, and other marine animals, large or small, are either highly threatened, endangered or even in danger of becoming extinct.
People need to be informed about what happens. Visual language can be used as a tool to inform, as well as inspire people towards a just cause.
The more recent development with the Charlie Hebdo massacre sparked a new course. If anything it just goes to show that when drawing upon events in the world for illustration, new things are happening everyday and these may serve as opportunities to make use of the power of illustration, the power it has to convey emotions and different perspectives. In this case, this piece speaks in response to the atrocity that took place in Paris. Down with Terror.