Don't Be Koi


Don't Be Koi.

Limited edition of 25. Signed.
Hahnemühle German Etching pigment print.
42 x 29cm.
£150 + postage

"Pollution from toxic chemicals threatens life on this planet. Every ocean and every continent, from the tropics to the once-pristine polar regions, is contaminated."
World Wildlife Fund.


Every year, approximately eight million metric tons of plastic find its way into our oceans. Of that, approaching three million arrives from the earth's rivers. And of those tributaries, over ninety percent arrives from a select ten, one of the worst of which is China's Yangtze - which contributes over half, as it drains into the Yellow Sea.

A recent study by the The Education University of Hong Kong, and backed by Greenpeace, discovered that plastic fragments have been found in nearly two-thirds of a fish species commonly consumed in Chinese meals.

In addition to waste plastic, a variety of toxic chemicals, from both domestic and industrial usage, add to the degradation of our planet's water stores.

On a global level, mankind's rapid growth has released a toxic cocktail of substances into the natural world, which is now finding its way back into our food chain.

The harmony of a delicately poised, interdependent balance of the natural world has been disrupted, and distorted by one species, the long-term effect, from the unenlightened cause, now returning to its point of origin.
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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.