WK10- Artist Conversation- Brittany Waters

Artist: Brittany Waters

Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox

Media: Ceramics, photography 

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: @artbywaters

Brittany Waters is a fourth year here at CSULB. She is currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, specifically focusing on Ceramics. She really has a feel for clay and describes it as something she’s able to express herself through. After graduating, her plans are to shoot for a masters somewhere in Oregon. Upon speaking to Waters, she explains how she was inspired by when she first moved to California. She was interested in the beaches and on top of that, she wanted to raise awareness about the turtles by the San Garbiel River. Humans have invaded their space and hopefully, through social media, it will raise awareness.

In this exhibit, #morethanasandbox, there were approximately 118 hand made ceramic turtles. She explained how it took about three hours to make each turtle.  She has items displayed such as palm trees, sand, some photography pieces, a beach chair, and many more. With these items, it truly enhances your experience and interests the viewer. Waters hopes that this makes humans more aware of the issue  and hopefully are more careful the next time they choose to liter.

She believes that she has a voice for the sea turtles. The beaches in California are much more different than the ones in Hawaii. It seems to be more in the presence of human activity. With that being said, it is much more polluted with unnecessary items that are harming the sea turtles. This exhibit allows the viewer to see how it would be like if baby sea turtles were actually able to live on the beach.

This exhibit was well put together and it was amazing how she was able to use it to raise awareness of the issues going on. For myself, I was unaware that baby sea turtles were going extinct, and after viewing this, it makes me want to educate my friends as well. Hopefully it opens other people’s eyes about this issue.

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