Ocean plastic threatens nearly every marine life form and habitat.
My art represents the lives of beautiful and natural creatures of the sea that should be saved from this utterly man made detritus that is clogging our oceans. Either accidental loss, or deliberate dumping of plastic waste, has a devastating effect on the health, and lives of marine animals. The accumulation of plastic in our oceans has largely been ignored for decades but with serious action we can prevent and remove this rubbish out of harm's way.
I got involved with our local beach cleaning group, Rame Peninsula Beach Care, when it was first established in 2013. Over the years we have been able to turn some of the rubbish collected into art using it for informative displays that promote change. Essentially my art helps to raise awareness about the dangers that marine plastic poses to wildlife, from consumption, entanglement, intestinal blockage, and other harmful chemicals which accumulate on the surface of plastic and are known to have endocrine disrupting effects.
From the often emotional reactions to my work over the years it has become clear to me that ocean plastic art is an incredibly effective medium for starting conversations about the ocean plastic problem and other marine environmental issues.
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'Trawler Trash' ocean plastic mural
3m x 3m ocean plastic mural, partly made with a group of 100 Cornish school children in 2014 at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, Penryn, Exeter University.
This dog was made from a huge frayed knot that I found washed up on Treganhawk beach, Whitsand bay. Warning - beware of your dog eating plastic pieces and a mysterious toxic, waxy substance known to have caused death to dogs in recent years.
This ammonite sculpture, measuring 1 m across, was carved out of a single block of polystyrene. It was most likely to have originally been part of a pontoon float., as a 'art' it represents the longevity of plastic. We are living in the Plastic. Age, the signs of which will one day will become part of the rock strata.
I made this sculpture in response to seeing a guillemot up close as it was being rescued. It had been washed up on our shores with its feathers coated in PIB (Polyisobutylene). The PIB disaster happened off the coast Cornwall in 2013 when the substance was thought to have been deliberately dumped by a ship out at sea. Thousands of birds died as a result but out of all the marine birds Guillemots had the most casualties. This sculpture was made using cable ties that have been irresponsibly dumped and found washed up on our beaches.
This sculpture was made using broken, plastic, sea worn objects; Paint brush handles, a dog ball thrower, spaghetti scoop and even a metal lantern stand, all of which were found on the beach.
M&S Award 2016
This was one of the trophy's presented at the ocean awards 2016.