Mega talented Sydney-based Venezuelan artist Nadia Hernández has created an artwork as part of a charitable initiative with Corona and Parley, having raised nearly $2000 for the protection of local Wollongong beaches and waterways during the creation of the mural. Here for it.
As someone who grew up with endless sand in my cozzies, living barely half an hour away from where the brand new mural now stands, I can 100% get behind any creative way of driving awareness of how important it is to protect your beaches. PEDESTRIAN.TV spoke to Nadia about the project with Corona, and why it was so important for her to be involved.
PEDESTRIAN.TV: What was it like to create a mural for Corona x Parley for the Oceans?
Nadia Hernández: Creating the mural for Corona x Parley was very educational. I felt it was important to get behind the work they’re doing to protect 100 islands from plastic pollution by 2020 (Soon!). I learnt a lot in the process, leading me to question and change some of my own bad habits in an attempt to be accountable for the waste I produce. Creating the artwork was also rewarding, as painting murals always is. I’m proud that this work exists, hopefully people feel moved to reduce their ecological impact.
P.TV: What inspired each element of the mural?
NH: The mural was inspired by the location: the ocean, it’s creatures, the sand, the sunset. The beauty and simplicity of the natural environment we must protect.
P.TV: What was the experience like creating the piece live at Corona Sunsets Festival?
NH: Painting live can be surreal because there’s a lot to negotiate, the weather, people, time. To be completely honest it can be a little intense! Haha! But the challenge is super rewarding! I was able to meet a lot of people that day and throughout the conceptualisation of the artwork. It’s great to see the approaches other individuals take toward raising awareness on environmental issues as well as reducing waste.
P.TV: Why is coastal conservation and protection important to you?
NH: The ocean is our life source; a vital organ essential to our survival on the planet. Can you imagine a future built upon neglect?
P.TV: How does your Venezuelan heritage influence your work?
NH: My Venezuelan heritage influences all aspects of my work, because I am Venezuelan, the issues that affect my country are always present on my mind regardless of where I am. These issues, such as the ecocide taking place in the Orinoco Mining Belt – a senseless and rampant exploitation of the environment, are critical and resonate universally.
It’s official. We love her.
And folks, you can still pledge if you’re feeling generous – just join with Corona x Parley at 100islandsprotected.com