Brittany Waters is a senior here at CSU Long Beach. She had her senior show this week in the Dutzi Gallery. She feels passionately about both animals and ocean life. Unfortunately not much more is known as she, along with the other artists, were not present at the time the class met.
The exhibit was split into two sections by a wall. The first section was photos of small sea turtles on the left wall. They were great resolution photos, you felt as though you saw those turtles yourself. The second portion of the exhibit was experiential. You turned the corner and saw the area covered in sand. There were baby sea turtles scurrying along the sand towards the ocean (projected on the wall). There was a seat where you could sit down and were invited to take pictures of the turtles running for the ocean. Finally there was a hidden iPad making ocean noises, which gave the room a relaxing feel.
The message the artist was trying to get across is pretty clear: this is an issue that we can all see in our own packyard. This isn’t out of sight, and this is impacting us now. She was bringing awareness to how our behavior is affecting wildlife in our community; therefore, we need to treat the environment, specifically the beach in his instance, much better than we currently are. She even gave us a simple and fun way to get involved: take a selfie and use the hashtag #MoreThanASandbox to send a message and get this circulating on social media.
While her message was clear, I felt like her exhibit could have brought more of a feel of urgency to it. Without reading the statement, someone padding by might get a totally different feel. The room had a calm feeling to it, and the beach setup was relaxing and enjoyable. There could have been elements she could have added to get across the message that we need to treat the environment better. Until I read the statement, I thought she was trying to go for a relaxed, slow down and enjoy nature feeling to combat the high paced high stressed society we currently live in.