Plastic: so beautifully simple, yet so destructive.

After a mid-winter flood in 2016 I crossed a bridge over the Queanbeyan River near Oaks Estate. The trees bare of leaves, were filled with plastic after the flood waters had subsided.

I made lots of images of the plastic bags caught in trees near the river. Plastic is so destructive to our environment. I made a series of images of single use plastic bags to make them manipulate the viewer into thinking they were a floral arrangement, something from nature….

They are not. As you can see from the documentary images below they destroy the natural habitat!

UPDATE: the recent behaviour by Coles over the plastic bag ban has been extremely short-sighted and stupid on their part. Lets hope all manufacturers and retailers ban the bag, and drastically reduce all the other plastic used in packaging… There has got to be a better way!

And this is a landscape of the river to show the extent of the damage.

 

The following work references a recognisable form; an iceberg. It establishes a link between reality and what is imagined. It focuses on questions that determine our existence. With a conceptual approach, I have decided that rather than presenting a factual reality of the environmental crisis and damage we have created, I have created an illusion; a single-use plastic iceberg used as a symbol of our impact on the earth.A tension is created through suspension, distortion and misrepresentation to make the viewer question the reality what is presented, but also to hopefully question the reality of their impact on the world.