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Katerina Husar Lazarova


Echoes of Change: Really Hot Summer

In contemporary challenges, art has the power to transcend boundaries and spark meaningful conversations. I used this ability in one of my school projects. The project title, Really Hot Summer, delves into a pressing issue that resonates globally: global warming. Through the medium of two intricately designed paper fans, each composed of six parts, I created a visual narrative that echoes the urgency of addressing climate change.

The inspiration for this project stemmed from a visit to my former home in the Czech Republic. Unusually hot weather and recent tornados, so untypical for this location, served as a stark reminder of the escalating impacts of global warming. Witnessing the effects of climate change firsthand fueled my determination to convey this message through art.

Global warming remains a critical topic. To list just one example, ocean temperatures are breaking yet another record this year. This has many adverse effects, such as hurricanes, bleached coral reefs, and other dying ecosystems that cannot adapt so quickly.

The first fan in my project serves as a poignant depiction of the consequences of global warming. Using colour pencils, I illustrated scenes of extreme weather events—a stark reminder of the environmental impacts we face. The imagery speaks volumes about the need for action to mitigate these effects and safeguard our planet's future.

Conversely, the second fan delves into the root causes of global warming. Words emerge from the smoke, symbolizing the sources of greenhouse gas emissions. This visual representation invites viewers to reflect on the choices and actions driving climate change, urging collective responsibility and accountability.

Each fan component is adorned with floral patterns, representing the beauty of nature that must be preserved. The numerological significance of six, associated with responsibility and balance, underlines the message of our shared duty to protect the environment and strive for sustainability.

As viewers engage with these paper fans, they are invited to contemplate the interconnectedness of human actions and their environmental impact. The project serves as a catalyst for dialogue, encouraging individuals and communities to consider their role in combating climate change and fostering a more sustainable future.

In essence, these paper fans transcend their artistic form to become symbols of awareness and advocacy. They remind us that amidst challenges, there are opportunities for progress and renewal—promises that can be fulfilled through collective efforts and a commitment to environmental stewardship.

Through art, we can amplify the voices calling for change and inspire meaningful action towards a greener, more resilient planet. Let these paper fans serve as beacons of hope and catalysts for positive transformation in the face of climate challenges.

This concludes my reflection on the visual narrative of my school project—a testament to the power of art in raising awareness and igniting conversations on pressing global issues, inspired by personal experiences and a dedication to environmental advocacy.


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