The World After Us.
the U.S., the speed at which materials are discarded creates an invisible but massive
accumulation. Paradoxically, remnants of the plastic cups, forks, plates, and bags that
are used once and immediately forgotten about can remain in the ocean for centuries. The
fleeting is remarkably permanent. I manipulate plastic bags almost beyond recognition to
hypothesize what they may ... read morelook like after centuries in the ocean. By focusing on the
overwhelming quantity of plastic waste that ends up in the water, this body of work
highlights the growing, complex connection between our waste and natural ecosystems.
This installation questions the constructed barrier between humans and the earth. The
intention of the work is to re-establish a connection to the ecological world that
surrounds us, while invoking a sense of wonder and respect. I am using that connection
to incite awareness of the greater ecosystems that humans inhabit and harm, blurring the
lines between natural and unnatural and offering a different perspective on the impact
of our waste.
Keywords: environmental art, installation, plastic waste, mixed media, eco-art.read less