Artwork inspired by the beautiful and natural creatures of the sea, rendered in the utterly unnatural man made detritus that now threatens nearly every marine life form and habitat. Ocean plastic used to engage people creatively as well as socially encourages people to think about their conduct and how we directly and indirectly effect the environment.
Helping to collect, clean and sort marine plastic with Rame Peninsula Beach Care I got to see some of the huge amounts of ugly waste that has been washed up on our shores. The deadly impact of ocean plastic is sad and shocking and yet being able to use this material as a pallet of colour to turn into something beautiful has been a great source of comfort to me. When I create marine inspired art I see it as a regenerative process that is helping to restore natural habitats. The vibrant colours and textures used to portray these majestic creatures of the sea are seductive, once you start to look there is so much more to see in all of it's curious detail. The trash that has been driven by our culture of mass consumerism is brought into question and there are lessons to be learnt.
My work ranges from Trawler Trash, a 3 x 3 metre mural, partly made with a group of 100 Cornish school children, to a small but incredibly detailed trophy made from cotton bud sticks, presented to Marks and Spencer at the Ocean Awards in 2016.
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 getting across the message about the plastic pollution crisis. I hope you enjoy my work and feel inspired to help in any way to can to help reduce ocean plastic and save our wildlife.
'Trawler Trash' ocean plastic murrel
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.
Knot the dog
Dog made from a huge frayed knot washed up on Treganhawk beach,
Whitsand bay. Found in 2015 It was cut tangled and teased into shape.
Before and after.
Carved ammonite measuring 1 m across was carved out of a single block of an abandoned polystyrene pontoon float found in 2013. Had this not been removed it would have eventually broken up into tiny pieces which would have undoubtedly caused harm to marine life through ingestion.
This was my first ocean plastic sculpture made in 2013 in response to the PIB disaster off the coast of Cornwall. Out of all the marine birds Guillemots had the most casualties. This sculpture was made using some of the many cable ties that have ended up on our shores after being lost or discarded.
Plastic Wading Bird 2013
Bird sculpture made using plastic sea worn paint brush handles, a dog ball thrower and spaghetti scoop.
Juvenile St Piran's crab
St Piran's crab
Protection against evil, danger or disease
Trophy for M&S Ocean Awards 2016
In association with RPBC, Blue Marine Foundation. Boat International and Y.co. This trophy made in the shape of a amulet was created for the retailer Marks & Spencers for their responsible sourcing of fish. I made this sculpture from Polystyrene, nurdles, cotton bud sticks and other pieces of ocean plastics. Well done Marks and Spencers for their responsible and sustainable sourcing of seafood.