"Take your kids to the local river for some effluent frolics. An educational effluvium. Witness an outpouring of eye-watering chemical exudation." - Pete McKee
Created for Pete's 2022 Don't Adjust Your Mindset Exhibition.
In 2021 water companies increased the amount of sewage they spilled into coastal bathing waters by 87%. In the same year Surfers Against Sewage tested the water quality at river mouths where water is directly pumped into the sea. The results showed that the water quality in six out of eight rivers was extremely poor, a direct result of faecal contamination, posing an extreme danger to human health and entire ecosystems.
When creating this work Pete stated that “For some reason the first thing that came to mind was stickleback fishing, usually a lovely pastime for children exploring and learning about nature. I wanted to portray what this revolting pollution might literally look like, and how it might affect the next generation. I based the style of this painting on illustrations for children’s books, to further satirise the situation. The bizarre sight of this little girl being delighted with her catch, hunting for turds not sticklebacks, emphasises the grim absurdity.”
Unframed Art Print:
Small: 40cm x 56cm
Large: 50cm x 70cm
Printed on high-quality paper with a 5cm white border.
Delivery in 3 - 5 days
Collection in-store within 1 - 4 days
Framed Art Print:
Small: 43cm x 59cm (approx)
Large: 53cm x 73cm (approx)
Mounted in a bespoke glass, black angled frame by our local framer.
Waiting time: 7-10 days; additional 2-3 days for delivery.
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