We use over 300 million tonnes of new plastic every year. Half of this we use just once and usually for less than 12 minutes. 8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year. Once in the ocean, plastic litter affects the safety of sea transport, fisheries, tourism, and recreation.
This piece is a re-creation of the ocean we are destroying with ‘plastic pollution’. The toxic chemicals given off from the plastic we throw away makes its way up the food chain. Not only are we drinking small pieces of plastic in our drinking water we are gradually watching they oceans plants and animals die.
The piece is made from new plastic cable ties to illustrate how long it takes (if ever) for a piece of plastic to disintegrate. The construction process mimics the knotting process used in making fishing nets and lobster baskets.
Sue works in mixed media with a particular focus on acrylics, textiles, and photography.