SDG 14 Silvia Salvagno

SDG 14: Life Below Water

Artist Name: Silvia Salvagno
Medium: Watercolors, inks, pigments, sand and seawater on linen

Statement :

The title of this piece is drawn from a famous quote by ocean researcher Dr. Sylvia Earle (*). Her concise and direct words convey the relationship between the fate of the great bodies of water, and that of land and human life.

“Healthy oceans and seas are essential to our existence. They cover 70 percent of our planet and we rely on them for food, energy and water. Yet, we have managed to do tremendous damage to these precious resources. We must protect them by eliminating pollution and overfishing and immediately start to responsibly manage and protect all marine life around the world.”

This piece is painted on natural linen, allowing us to see the weft of the fabric as a metaphor for the weft of life itself. The interwoven threads reflect the connection between living creatures and nature. This material also makes us think about how fragile each thread of that weft is by itself, but how strong and beautiful it becomes once it is connected to others in harmonic fusion.

I used sand and salt water I collected in my travels to blend watercolors, inks and pigments, creating an organic composition to render the beauty of our oceans and coral reefs.

It is my hope, that this artwork can inspire the viewer not only to connect with the richness and beauty of the marine ecosystems, but also to take action toward the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, sea and marine resources.

(*) Sylvia Earle -fondly nicknamed “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker and New York Times – is a legendary marine biologist, earth activist, lecturer and author. Perhaps the most celebrated ocean researcher of our time, Sylvia has spent almost 7000 hours underwater and led more than 100 ocean expeditions. Her pioneering work is widely read and recognized. She currently has 180 publications and holds 22 honorary degrees due to her work in oceanography. Her main focus is saving and restoring the oceans, and environmental advocacy crucial to safeguarding all life on Earth.