The Fog Warning

 
The Fog Warning

The Fog Warning

His frail boat rides like a shell upon the surface of the sea…the stealthy fog enwraps him in its folds, blinds his vision… afloat in a measureless void.
- The Fisheries of Gloucester, 1876

The Fog Warning

One Chapter from The System Is Not Fool Proof

The Fog Warning

The Fog Warning focuses on the effect of plastic on the oceans.  Plastic is non-biodegradable so every bit of plastic created will exist forever, continuing to break down, like the immense gyres of plastic in the oceans are degrading into a micro-particle fog.

As with the discarded small appliances, I enshroud discarded small appliances. In both instances the tightly stretched linen banishes the illusion of busy purposefulness, leaving behind an unusual matte solidity...and quiet.

While researching my previous project Ghost Salmon, I read about the Atlantic cod fishery, including the traditional east coast dory.  Dories represent a time before factory ships and the devastation of fisheries worldwide.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

I am building a 16’ dory out of birch bark and filling it with enshrouded single-use plastic containers.  Though dories were never made of birch bark, I chose birch bark for it’s construction, as it is a natural material that symbolizes a pre-plastic sustainable culture.


The photograph is a 7’ maquette constructed of cardboard.

 

Enshrouded Plastic

Enshrouded Plastic

    

 

 

 

 

 

      The Fog Warning - study                                                ongoing - begun 2015                

  • discarded corrugated cardboard
  • discard plastic containers
  • used linen bedsheets

 

   photographs
Anna Gustafson