Plastic is the Alien Invasion We Created

 
Plastic is the Alien Invasion We Created

Plastic is the Alien Invasion We Created

Hundreds of extinctions have been caused by invasive alien species.                                          The ecological cost is the irretrievable loss of native species and ecosystems.

 - WWF

Plastic is the Alien Invasion We Created

The way in which plastic waste accumulates and destroys has a distinct form.

Two years ago I began hand-sewing linen shrouds around single-use plastic containers.  They are used to transport products that last a moment compared to these containers’ lifespans.

Through my research and my enshrouding, I came to see these objects not as collective trash, but as individuals, aliens if you will, that would long outlive me.  

They are like a living virus invading our bodies and planet: poisoning, entangling, strangling, starving and supplanting.

 

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

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.

Plastic is the Alien Invasion We Created - detail

Plastic is the Alien Invasion We Created - detail

  

 

 

 

     Plastic is the Alien Invasion We Created                            ongoing - begun 2015                

  • discard plastic containers
  • used linen

 

   photographs
Sophia Burke

 
The Fog Warning - detail

The Fog Warning - detail

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.

The Fog Warning - study                                                ongoing - begun 2015                

  • discarded corrugated cardboard
  • discard plastic containers
  • used linen

 

   photographs
Anna Gustafson

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.