This work represents the pollution created by mankind and all the different ways in which we taint our environment and the tools we use to do so.
The circle represents the planet, I choose the circle as a symbol of balance and equilibrium, as well as referencing the circle of life.
Inside the circle I inserted a hand, simultaneously grabbing the circle and pointing up. The hand being clenched to the circle, like a child would do with the hand of its mother, represents how we are entirely dependent on our planet for our survival and at the same time, how we try to control it, using its resources however we please. In Renaissance iconography, the hand pointing towards the sky, or above, was used to symbolize the search for God and, therefore, the search for Truth, as God was one and the same with Absolute Truth. I took this symbol of purity and truth and tainted it with black glaze, dripping out of the hand itself, symbolizing both the pollution we constantly and relentlessly produce, as well as the loss of purity. In our contemporary times, there is no such thing anymore as an absolute truth, as every fact becomes relative and subjective. We bend information to our liking, and use it to pursue our interest. We always find a loophole to keep selling, consuming and polluting. These are the false truth that we sell to each other in order not to give up our way of life, at the expense of our planet and those who can't escape the consequences of climate change.