Artist: Lena Pak
Size: 11" x 14"
This mixed media piece was displayed in my International Baccalaureate exhibition, with the theme of fire, this past year. The increasing wildfires in California and Australia are just some examples of climate change’s disastrous impacts. Inspired by Audrea Lim’s article, The Ideology of Fossil Fuels (the background text), this piece questions the way our culture defines freedom. Does protecting human’s ability to consume resources and material goods really create the just world so many claim to want? Viewing climate change through an anthropocentric lense blinds us to it’s largest impacts: the loss of non-human life. The right of nature “to be Free” from human exploitation must be protected because all life has inherent value.