Tears of the Moon
With this project I graduate the Art Academy AKV-St Joost Breda in Holland.
“It wasn’t easy to get an entrance in the world of the cultivated pearl”
This project, about the South Sea Pearl evolved out of a great curiosity and passion for the diversity of human kind and
the natural world all over the globe.
Everything that fascinates and inspires me, was part of this project about the
South Sea pearls of Indonesia. I was able to see unspoiled nature, learn about marine biology,
observe the relationship between man and nature and began to understand the relationship and interaction between people on a specific location and the rest of the world.
Indonesia has thousands of Islands and with its rich waters and low costs of labour,
it is an ideal location for cultivating pearls. Pearl cultivating is a beautiful process
that relies on good skills and knowledge of Marine Biology.
The pearl farms where I went for this project where located in the North of Bali and in the most beautiful and isolated place I had ever seen, Raja Ampat in West Papua. In the world of today things are changing very fast, with the growing world
population and the expanding world market, people are more and more connected.
Everybody, especially the western world is packed with goodies and supplies from all over the world.
We don’t even realise that people in developing countries are making our clothes,
technical devices, the toys for our kids, many of the food we consume
and also the most exclusive and expensive pearls for the luxury market.
The South Sea pearls that are cultivated by Atlas South Sea Pearls Limited (Atlas) are of the best quality in the world.
Generally it is the more wealthy people in the world who can afford this natural jewelry.
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A visual report about this project.