Completed in 2018
ARTIST STATEMENT: “2018 began with the daunting reality that China would no longer accept plastic recycling from the US due to the co-mingled abundance of contaminated waste.
I was impelled to observe the use of plastics in my own home and began collecting our discarded bags. The pile of seemingly thoughtless waste multiplied as I realized that even our Portland newspapers arrive in plastic bags. As my concern grew, I began fusing the bags as the surface of this piece.
As we ignore this growing mound, research states that by 2050 the plastics that have migrated into the North Pacific will be greater than the population of fish. I hope we can shift the tides of consumption before we drown in the plastic ocean we created.”
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