Life in a Glass Jar

Alanna Taoy

Como Secondary College

Year 11

Oil on canvas

W60 x H45 cm

Influenced by well-known street artist, ROA, my artwork focuses on our selfish desires to possess animals, restricting and confining them in our homes. Centered around the fish, the subject is contained in a glass jar deprived of its natural environment. Its surroundings are painted in cool, dark colours to represent the emptiness and isolation detained animals go through. This contrasts with the bright colours of the subject, creating a sense of warmth and life, despite adversity. Although smaller in proportion to everything else, the emphasis on the fish conveys how humans hold influence over everything, even at a smaller scale, and force animals to adapt to unnatural conditions.

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