17th September 2018
The Deep’s reception is adorned with the striking, yet devastating, image of plastic pollution and the effects that it is having on our oceans and the coastal environment.
Depicted through the stunning works of local artist, Nikita Spires, she has managed to capture the dramatic statement of a ‘throw-away society’ in a bold and thought provoking artwork titled: One Use, No Life.
Nikita was born in South Africa and raised in the UK. She has grown up with memories of swimming in seas across the world; creating a lasting connection with the ocean.
Nikita explains “I was inspired to create this piece after hearing parents explaining the impacts of plastics in the ocean to their children, right here at The Deep. Plastics linger in the ocean for thousands of years. As they break down, they are working their way into the food chain, and without knowing it, we too are consuming it. I go to the beach to find calmness, to heal, but recently I found that the ocean itself needs to heal and needs a break from us…..”
Having studied art for her GCSE and A Levels she is now undertaking an Art Diploma. She has a vision to leave a lasting impression on the world through her creativity. Although forever encouraged by family and friends, she has already experienced adversity from others. But she won’t let this dampen her spirits. Her sheer determination to fulfil her goal is nothing short of inspirational. This is just the beginning of her journey.
Nikita has also recently contributed to the Tide and Bell #200fish project which saw 200 artists come together to raise awareness of the incredible biodiversity within the North Sea. Artworks were created to highlight 200 species of fish found within the temperate North Sea habitat.
To follow Nikita’s work, you can find her on Instagram at @nikita.spires