Ocean plastic threatens nearly every marine life form and habitat.
My work aims to raise awareness about the dangers of ocean plastic pollution by recreating sea creatures using some of the huge variety of media that I find in locally sourced marine plastic.
Littering can cause entanglement, intestinal blockage, and poisoning. Removing this utterly man made detritus from the beach takes it out of harms way and helps us to identify what it is and where the waste is coming from.
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 pollution crisis.
'Trawler Trash' ocean plastic mural
Trawler Trash is a 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.
Knotty the dog
This hairy creature was made from a huge frayed knot that was washed up on Treganhawk beach, Whitsand bay.
Grey seal sculpture
This young grey seal sculpture was made using cable ties, pieces of rubber, plastic containers, bucket handles and diving flippers. It has resided at the Cornish seal sanctuary since 2015 highlighting the dangers of ocean plastic to these naturally playful curious creatures which often suffer from the effects of getting rope caught around their neck.
The PIB (Polyisobutylene) 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 also been dumped and found washed up on our beaches.
This ammonite sculpture, measuring 1 metre x 1 metre was carved out of a single block of polystyrene. It was most likely to have originally been part of a pontoon float. This ammonite sculpture represents the longevity of plastic. We are living in the plastic age. The signs of which will one day form a layer in the rock strata.
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
I made this as a trophy that was presented at the ocean awards in 2016.