Plastic Soup…..

Plastic…..we are the plastic fantastic generation.

Look around your home, your office, your car. So much plastic, such a versatile product, cheap and disposable…..

The problem is it is not disposable, it does not decompose, it is not a natural product, yes it can break down and get smaller and smaller but it will always remain plastic.

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It is a poison, it is polluting our oceans, our planet and us. If we carry on the way we are going we will get to the point of no return, and that could be sooner than you think. If we persist with this plastic pollution towards our planet the beautiful oceans and seas will be so polluted it will not support any life form and in turn will not support us.

Plastic soup is all that will be left.

The plastic in our oceans, the largest collection called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is in the North Pacific Ocean stretching for hundreds of miles. This contains tiny pieces of plastic broken down to the size of plankton, which is them mistaken for food and enters into our food chain.

The larger plastic is also mistaken for food, marine turtles eat plastic bags thinking they are jelly fish, birds eat plastic bottle caps thinking they are fish, they suffer and die because of our neglect and thoughtlessness.

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Sea Turtle

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Chris Jordan, Albatross, Midway Island

This short film was made by Chris Jordan an artist that makes large scale photographs tackling issues surrounding mass consumption and waste. This is a film he made at Midway Island, it is a tragic testimony to our plastic society.

Film- Midway a Message from the Gyre

We are all responsible. if you are a consumer you are part of the problem.

Thing you can do to help:

Think before you buy.

Recycle, up-cycle, donate, make, create; buy nothing.

Help with beach and river clean ups.

Buy products with less packaging or recyclable packaging.

Don’t throw away plastic bottles, re-use them.

Use paper or material bags, not plastic.

These are a few ideas amongst many. It is a beautiful world we have but it won’t be if we do not start to take responsibility and action.

If you would like further reading here are a few links to more in-depth information:

http://coastalcare.org/2009/11/plastic-pollution/

http://bigblueorb.wordpress.com

http://www.pressherald.com/blogs/undercurrents/233449061.html

As a final note I ask you to please find the time to watch this presentation by Chris Jordan about his work, it is 17 minutes long but really is a must. It is one of the saddest things to listen to but is the reality of our time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjK0cvbm20M

Thank you for reading.

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A Different experience of Art.

Walking around the Tate Modern on your own is an incredibly strange experience.

As a result of doing a course during the evening when the Gallery is closed I found I was able to wonder around the space and gain a complete different perspective on the art work. Being on your own with such huge sculptures such as Richard Serra, Trip Hammer and Giuseppe Penone, Trees of Twelve Meters gives such a different experience in comparison to when the gallery is open, full of hoards of people shouting and pushing….

Richard Serra's Trip Hammer, 1988.                           Tree of 12 Metres 1980-2 by Giuseppe Penone born 1947

Trip Hammer                                                                            Trees of Twelve Meters

Richar Serra                                                                               Giuseppe Penone

The silence is surreal and you really feel like you should not be there. Like you are spying or intruding upon someones personal space. The art work seems to be breathing…. dominating its own space with a presence that is almost tangible. It sleeps, calm and quiet without the gaze of a thousand scrutinising eyes expecting it to perform and demanding answers.

It gives you a very personal experience with the work, like having your own private conversation. When you can shut the world out and find a comfortable silence you will find more answers to the quest you are following.

In this time we live in everything is moving so fast, people rushing, running forward with no time to wait we forget to stop and breathe , to look around, to appreciate the small things we take for granted. Life is not a race, you do not get a prize for finishing first.

 

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Pino Pascali     Trap

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Hello

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Welcome to my blog……

I thought I would start with an introduction to myself, my work and this on-line journal/blog….

I have just recently finished my MA in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art  It was quite a steep learning curve as I had been out of the education environment for a few years and like anything if you don’t practice it every day you forget very easily. It was an amazing experience and the opportunity to learn and develop your practice was challenging and exciting. You can see some images of my final show here. Upon completing my MA I felt a bit lost, after focusing all my energy physically, emotionally and intellectually into my work it was quite a shock to find myself in the real world once more. Hindsight is the most wonderful thing, always have a plan and be ready for the next thing……

The idea to do my PhD is not a new one, I had thought of it as a possibility whilst studying but not really given it full consideration, whilst still wandering around in the vast expanse of life the more I thought about it the more I came to the conclusion that it is what I want to do. I still have many questions that I need to answer before I embark on the next chapter, but for now this is the plan.

I am in the process of setting up some short talks and lectures in order to gain experience, starting an A level in Philosophy to keep my brain active and to harness my research and documentation skills, doing voluntary work for Solent Mind at their Wellbeing centre in Winchester, attending seminars and lectures across London, currently Gender and Labour at the Tate Modern and organising one or two small exhibitions towards the end of this year.

The aim of this blog is to document my progress and processes throughout. I hope you will find some articles of interest and I look forward to hearing your comments and sharing my thoughts and ideas with you.

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