We are delighted to announce that L Hitchcock of Year 8 has WON the Spirited Art competition this year for the category; God’s Good Earth – an international competition with roughly 2,000 entries per year!
Her entry on the NATRE website: https://www.natre.org.uk/about-natre/projects/spirited-arts/spirited-arts-gallery/2020/the-end-of-the-earth/
The End of the Earth
My art in heaven work is about the disastrous effects our actions are having and will have on the future of the planet we live on. The title I chose for my artwork is “The End of the Earth” because my artwork depicts an eye into the future seeing the end of planet Earth, and showing that this is more of a reality than ever before, and is no longer the stuff of myths, legends or science fiction.
For this work, as I am an atheist, I have been influenced by the speeches of the young activist Greta Thunberg stating that “Our house is on fire.” Rather than words said by a religious figure which I believe to be fictional. I think that my artwork connects with religion because it brings the message that the Earth does not belong to God, and I fear that many people believe that God should be helping us with the current environmental crisis; however, I believe that we have made this mess so we need to fix it.
I’ve Tried to show my thoughts and feelings by representing everything as an element of the art, for example, there is a small man in the bottom right hand corner representing the small and inadequate effort the human race is currently making to save the earth; the flowers next to the man show the few beautiful things left on Earth burning away. As well as the loss of the Earth, the gravestone represents the loss of life and beauty on earth. As well as showing that this is a vision into the future, the clock in the eye shows that we have very little time before this what will be left. The smoke around the eyes shows the blindness the human race has had for so many years towards the beauty of the earth, and the many skin tones on the eye represent that we all need to work together.
One of the big spiritual ideas that I’ve been thinking about during this work is, “Should God be helping us?” In my artwork, God is shown at the edge in a cloud doing nothing with his arms folded. This is because I believe that if the earth belonged to God then surely, he would help us? I also think he would still help us if he was there, even if the Earth did not belong to him, considering that he loves and forgives us for our sins, but God is not there, and this is our fault.
I like the theme I have been working on because I think that it is important to get opinions from young people out about this topic, especially at the moment. I think not only is it a good discussion point for atheists like myself, but it is important that this is discussed by people of all faiths because as I mentioned before, we all need to work together to undo the mess we have made.
I hope people will notice the different meanings different parts of my work have, and think about their own views on this topic, hopefully realising the mistakes that they, as part of the human race, have made.
L Hitchcock – Year 8 Pupil
Well done – your school is very proud of you!
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