I was inspired by multiple surrealist painters to portray environmentalist issues. The person on the left represents the physical affects of oil spills on living organisms. The person on the right represents the destruction of the planet by careless and ignorant business and corporations (hence the business suit). I usually like to keep my paintings by themselves without a description so that the viewer has time to feel and respond with their own opinions. But I’m happy to share—
Selah Dungey is a senior at Newark Academy. She has been immersed in art classes since freshman year, and enjoys using symbolism in order to create narratives. Paradise, was painted to be part of an IB Visual Art Exhibit and is pivotal for how Selah has changed her style, and how she tells stories through art. It is meant to be confrontational and force viewers to realize the physical effects of pollution.