Nanami (from "Haha Naru Umi" Exhibition)

Nanami (from "Haha Naru Umi" Exhibition)

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“Nanami” means “seven seas” in Japanese. Being a small island country, in Japan we refer to the sea as “Mother Sea” or “haha naru umi”, just as we sometimes refer to the land here as “Mother Earth”. I think this phrase expresses so well the sense of longing so many of us experience when we think of large bodies of water. Blue whales are the largest mammals and in some cultures they are known to be the guardians of the ocean, or as symbols of the ocean itself. All my sculptures are made with reclaimed plastic objects, but designed so that the materials do not stand out until viewers get near enough to the sculptures. From the distance they look like textured but continuous surfaces describing animal and natural forms. I hope that the use of plastic items in my sculptures can help raise awareness of plastic pollution, and I believe that everything that exists on Earth needs to be returned to the Earth, with or without human intervention. I would like us to think about how these plastic items can be returned to the “mother sea” without harming living creatures like whales, fish, kelp, birds, and human beings.

Nanami (from "Haha Naru Umi" Exhibition)

Sayaka Ganz
by Sayaka Ganz
media: installation and sculpture
year: 2019
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tags: climate change , ecosystems , oceans & seas , plastic , recycling , waste , wildlife , upcycling

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