Niki Chang

Aquatic Planet

As a student deeply immersed in the concept of sustainable development, I have grown increasingly alarmed by the escalating problem of environmental pollution. An international news report detailing the extensive release of nuclear wastewater into the ocean served as a catalyst for my decision to delve into this issue as my research focus. I firmly believe that discharging human-generated radioactive wastewater into the sea runs counter to the principles of sustainable development. Instead, it inflicts enduring harm upon the natural environment upon which our very livelihoods depend.

Through my work, I aspire to adopt a critical perspective that prompts audiences to reflect profoundly on environmental concerns and, be able to gain a deeper understanding of human-nature symbiosis. The interdependent relationship between humanity and nature is a paramount consideration. We cannot regard the oceans as a convenient dumping ground merely to address immediate pollution concerns. Such actions may not manifest immediate, drastic consequences, but they hold the potential to unleash an irreversible disaster in the decades to come.

I mainly use tufting, embroidery, felting, macrame, and weaving techniques combined with partially nature-dyed yarn in my work, hoping to restore the ocean and natural plants through different textures. By utilizing natural elements such as leaves, flowers, roots, and ocean plants as my primary visual mediums, I aim to convey a central theme that resonates with the organic beauty and transformative power of nature.