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Plastic Ocean

Yoh Nagao

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Plastic Ocean by Yoh Nagao
Fine-art Giclée print on Italian cold-press watercolor paper
24 x 18 Inches
Limited Edition of 50
Signed & numbered
Printed with by Paragon Press
Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery
Photograph by Tre' Packard
"Plastic Ocean" highlights the issue of marine plastic pollution and its impacts on wildlife such as whale sharks (Rhincodon typus). Since 1964, plastic production has increased twenty-fold, reaching 322 million tonnes in 2015. This is the equivalent of more than 900 Empire State Buildings. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of plastic waste is adequately disposed of and recycled. As a consequence, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean (by weight).
Additionally, the ocean's largest fish, whale sharks are classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. They are slow to mature and reproduce, making them particularly vulnerable to the pressures of overfishing. These plankton feeding giants are prized by the global shark fin trade.

Artist Statement

"In our generation, tons of plastic products make our life convenient. Unfortunately, once they have been used, many of them end up floating in the ocean and just polluting it as trash.

This whale shark is made up of a collage. The materials are only cut out pictures of plastic goods I found in magazines.  Sadly, these gentle giants are one of the many victims of our disposable lifestyles.

Let’s think and take action to keep this beautiful ocean and these magnificent animals healthy and abundant for the next generation."
- Yoh Nagao -

Artist Bio 

Yoh Nagao
Yoh Nagao is an artist from Japan, based in Berlin since 2012. His major theme is the big question of “Are we gonna be indigenous people in the future?” alongside with the direction of the development of human kind. Fashion and goods from folklore to modern times are important elements to him. They have been fascinating our instinct and desire and reflect the steady evolution of our culture. They are the fuel for our hope and pleasure but also a trigger for conflict and destruction. Using these inspirations as basis of his art, Nagao is creating art works with collages from fashion magazine and acrylic painting. His research on folklore includes ethnological museums, cultural heritage sites and discussions with experts. In the last few years, he has participated at a large number of exhibitions and art projects around the world, and is currently working on several private commission works and theme works in his studio in Berlin.

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