Exhibition 10 November - 4 December
Join us for the exhibition opening 5.30-7pm Friday 10 November.
I was reading an article a couple of months ago which said in the short time plastic has been around on Earth, humans have produced enough of it to completely cover the country of Argentina. It’s an outrageous statistic, and one that’s compounded by the fact that only 8% of all that plastic is ever recycled. This article came out not long after ABC’s brilliant War on Waste got the country thinking about sustainability – and thus the idea for a group show was born. Who better to examine humankind’s problems – and propose solutions – than artists?
I invited 11 local and interstate artists to consider how we might begin to deal with our plastic problem. Artists and designers Rachel Peachy and Paul Mosig, in their mixed media work Fool’s Gold, have depicted the waxworm, a type of caterpillar that eats plastic, and has been posited as a solution to our plastic problem.
Photographer Ona Janzen, who is of Argentinian heritage, has taken a more literal interpretation, producing a self portrait where she is covered from head to toe in plastic. Several artists have incorporated plastic into the artwork itself, raising questions about how we ascribe value and purpose to objects.
Contemporary jeweller Claire Brooks has been incorporating micro-plastics into her work for several years. She combs the beach for tiny, broken up pieces of plastic which she then encases in handcrafted sterling silver boxes in her Plastic Soup series of jewellery and sculpture.
This exhibition may not solve the world’s problems, but I hope it does contribute to the conversation so many of us are having, about how to live more sustainably, reduce consumption of throw-away goods, and find alternative uses for the waste we do produce.