A Reflection on the State of Our Oceans

Loic Dutry

Perth Modern School

Year 12

glazed ceramics, found object, sand, paint pen, circular mirror base

10 x 82 (diameter) cm

My work is a reflection on the insurmountable threats that all species of sea turtles face from human progress and environmental impacts. From the moment they hatch and emerge from their nest, it is a fight for survival for hatchlings. Each white glazed turtle represents a different threat, with only one intact hatchling poised to enter the water to represent the limited number which survive to adulthood – around 1 in 1000. The turtles depicted in my work are an amalgamation of features from the seven extant sea turtle species as every single one is at risk.

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