Modern tech has evolved our perspective on life in several other ways as well.
Artist Mariya Zavolokina encourages us through her artwork to take a look at the way life used to be.
That helps us to see some of the ways we’ve changed over the years.
There are good changes that have happened.
We communicate more often with others.
Tools like Facebook can also turn the average person into a judgmental troll.
The Internet Doesn’t Replace Physical Relationships
You might speak with someone online, but that doesn’t mean you actually know that person.
Smartphones, video games, and computers are not an adequate replacement for a sibling, parent, or friend.
Zavolokina tackles these issues in her illustrations.
In one of her pieces, she shows two fish in the 19th century, in clean water, seeing a message in a bottle that says, “Help!”
Fast-forward to the 21st century and those two fish are in plastic litter begging for help.
An island in the background goes from being a paradise to an industrial polluter.
In another piece, there is a panda juggling in a park while balancing on a board.
Everyone around is on their phone, completely ignoring the talent that’s right in front of them.
There’s also a piece where a family member is using their mobile device while ignoring everyone else.
What Has Our Reality Become Today?
There is a poignant piece where a fellow stands before a crowd wearing “truth” on his shirt.
In the background is his shadow, which clearly shows an elongated nose that indicates his lies.
The harsh reality of today is that we have become slaves to our devices.
We no longer develop friendships in-person because it is easier to stay anonymous online.
Zavolokina encourages us to re-think our values through her provocative images so that we can remember the benefits of a simpler time.
We don’t need to be the society who sees a book and takes a picture of it because it is such an unusual sight.
Aliens didn’t cause the problems that we see today.
We created this society.
That means we can also fix the issues that we see.
You can follow Mariya Zavolokina on Instagram for updates on her work.