Artist: Brittany Waters
Media: Photography, Ceramics, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Brittany Waters lived in Citrus Heights, California while attending Sierra College where she acquired her associates degree in Studio Art. At the moment, she is a senior in the BFA program for ceramics at CSULB School of Art. She has always had a connection with ceramics. She feels as if she has the most control while still being able to express her passion in detailing. Waters lived in Sacramento and used the nature around her to be her inspiration by using wood. Now she is incorporating different things as she lives in Long Beach.
The whole gallery had sand all through it really giving the art piece a beachy feel. In the sand, there is a blue striped beach chair placed to the left of the sea turtles and under an umbrella. On the ground all the way to the screen of the ocean is a line of individually painted sea turtles. I had to take a double take to make sure they weren’t real. They are coming out of the ground which was where the “nest” was. There is a panel of glass that helps the audience really see into the nest.
The whole art piece is based on the environmental impact humans have on animals such as a sea turtle. Waters created #MoreThanASandbox to promote awareness to the sea turtle’s habitat loss and motivate people to help prevent anymore loss. The sea turtles natural nesting place is usually disturbed by the noise level and streetlight at night that make it difficult for newly born sea turtles to travel to the ocean.
This art piece was definitely one of my favorites yet. I loved the story behind it as well as the piece itself. The turtles were all different in their own way which shows the hard work and passion she put into this piece. Also, it made me realize that the stuff we do as people effects other living beings on this planet which isn’t the way it should be. More people should be aware of the difficulties we bring and this is a great way to help bring that to light.