Because it is disposable it doesn’t mean it goes away … there is no away
My art practice reflects on the plastic waste of our consumerist society.
I collect and use plastic waste found on beaches, streets and around my studio, to create monochromatic large plastic installations.
There is no away!
Plastic makes its way into our environment and our waterways to end up into our seas.
Plastic greatly impacts sea and bird life causing starvation and entanglement.
Plastic contributes to polluting the ocean, as well as humans as it enters our food chain through the fish swimming and ingesting microplastic and its toxins.
My aim with my installations is to work towards giving a sense of the titanic problem we have in front of us.
Plastic spreads far and wide around the globe and is cause for our immediate action worldwide.
Facts on Plastic
-we Buy-we Bury-we Burn - together WE POLLUTE
-13 millions tons dumped into our seas every year
-by 2025 = 1 ton of plastic for 3 tons of fish
-by 2050 there will be more plastic then fish in our oceans
-by 2050 humans we will have taken 1 century to produce 40 billion tons of plastic
-15 trillions plastic particles -weighing 250,000 tons are estimated to be swirling in the sea
-we produce over 300 millions + tons per year
that is 40kg of new plastic for each of us per year
Most part of that 40kg we use for less then 12 minutes
-can take up to 1000 years to break fully which doesn't mean it disappears totally
-is made of Oil a natural resource
-is made of chemicals
-leeches chemical contaminants in our waters
-attracts toxic molecules or toxins
-microbeads are covered with pollutants
Plankton eats plastic then fish eat plankton. The toxins are stored in the fish fatty tissues and creates a global effect of plastic pollution on marine life. Birds feed on plastic that smells like krill when coated in algae, they also feed their chick who die of starvation. Plastic entangles sea creatures in water and land.
There is endless tide of floating garbage in our seas.
Deep it also gets tangled and creates little island of junk (netting with other objects)
The result is endless it is millions of plastic debris that breaks Up to make trillions of microplastic. Plastic is broken by the elements and resemble a minestrone soup or a smog on the surface of our oceans. This plastic is eaten by plankton, fish and by many other marine creatures.
Rivers in the environment acts as a conveyor belt for the plastic which ends in our oceans gyres and deepest tranches.