The Plastic Soup
Mixed media artwork by Asher Jay, dimensions 24” x 36”examines the impact of humanity's daily consumer choices on marine ecosystems. Set in a coral reef, this succinct narrative shines a light on the gradual denudation of a habitat rich in biodiversity due to our current, irreverent use-and-throw, gas-guzzling paradigm of subsistence. A plastic bag seems innocuous enough in a supermarket but in the wild ocean, its shimmering sheath teases the appetites of sea turtles and fish, choking their digestive tracts over a sustained period of time, depriving them of vital nutrition. The obvious solution is to assume unequivocal ownership of the undulating blue, a natural global asset, for if we fail to embrace our responsibility as custodians of this blue marble, we stand to lose our own story.