As an artist, I am inspired by the world around me, and often use found objects in my work. Recently, I have been collecting plastic objects that wash up on my local beach, and incorporating them into my art. The abundance of plastic pollution on our beaches has become a serious concern, and my work is a way to draw attention to this issue while also creating something beautiful.
The process of collecting the plastic is an important part of my art-making practice. Each piece is carefully selected, washed, and sorted by color and size. I am constantly amazed by the variety of plastic objects that I find, from small microplastics to large bottles and containers.
Once I have collected enough plastic, I begin the process of creating my sculptures. I use a variety of techniques to transform the plastic objects into something new and unique. Sometimes I will heat and melt the plastic to create new shapes and textures, while other times I will cut and arrange the pieces to create a specific form or pattern.
Through this process, I am able to give new life to these discarded objects, and create something that is both visually striking and socially meaningful. My hope is that my work will encourage others to think more critically about their use of plastic, and to take action to reduce plastic pollution in their own lives.
But my work is just a small part of a larger movement to address the problem of plastic pollution. Organizations like The Ocean Cleanup and the Plastic Pollution Coalition are working tirelessly to reduce plastic waste and promote sustainable alternatives. It’s up to all of us to take responsibility for our own plastic use, and to support these efforts to create a healthier, cleaner planet.
As an artist, I believe that art has the power to inspire change. By using plastic pollution as a source material, I am able to create something beautiful out of something that is often considered ugly and damaging. It is my hope that my work will help to raise awareness about the urgent need to address plastic pollution, and inspire others to take action in their own lives.
If you’re interested in learning more about the organizations working to address plastic pollution, I encourage you to check out The Ocean Cleanup and the Plastic Pollution Coalition. These groups are doing important work to reduce plastic waste and promote sustainable alternatives, and they need our support to make a difference.