Seton Catholic College student’s dystopian vision of future earns art award

Year 12 student Sarina Roose. Picture: Jon Hewson
Year 12 student Sarina Roose. Picture: Jon Hewson

A TROUBLING glance at what the future holds for planet Earth has won a Seton Catholic College student an important art prize for WA teenagers.

Sarina Roose recently won the Angelico Exhibition Caritas Award for her piece Dystopia (Houston, We Have a Problem), an artistic interpretation of what Earth will look like amid today’s mass production of waste.

The White Gum Valley resident said her piece was inspired by the quote “we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”.

“One day I was scrolling through Facebook and ‘air pollution in China’ was trending,” she said.

“It prompted me to do some reading and I came out of it terrified; we’re essentially terminating the future.

“I didn’t want to be cliched and create a commentary on the world today, I wanted to scare people like I was scared.

“It has been a goal of mine for a long time to be involved in the Angelico Exhibition, so simply to have my work submitted was an achievement in itself and to have been awarded the Caritas Award was beyond my expectations.”

The Angelico Exhibition is an annual event that highlights the artwork of students from Catholic high schools around WA.