Context This self-directed project researches and responds to the growing need for humans to make a wholly remarkable change, to be big and bold to take a dramatic shift from single-use plastics. We need to have everyone on-board, it needs to be a collaborative effort, it needs 'we, together' to make it happen. I'm beginning to explore creative responses to this theme, beginning with artists' books.
Description My thoughts began to have shape and focus whilst I was working on the Art Gene, Fort Walney Uncovered project in 2013, a community archaeological dig on a long thin island which sits at the end of the Furness peninsula. Walney has a 10-mile north-west facing coastline which continually feels the direct impact of the Irish sea as the wind shoves and cajoles the salted waters towards the sand. Windy Walney is a beautiful place, yet amidst this beauty, lying heavy in this unceasing watery movement is the weight of human hunger for growth and power, of need and desire, proven in the sackfuls of rubbish amassed on a day of beach cleaning.
Our world deserves more than this ...
I've collected beach-strewn, tide-washed plastics I've read about micro-plastics in our waters I've watched the rivers dry this summer
now to creative responses . . .
Exhibitions - Eccleston Library, St Helens - The World of Glass, St Helens - Reading between the Lines - Launchpad Gallery, Tokyo/Yokohama - Turning the Page - Paper2 Gallery, Manchester