REPRODUCTION - BOTTLE SERIES
Found plastic objects such as bottles are collected and replicated using a mould. They are part of an ongoing series which investigates how marine organisms are adapting and co-existing with the never-ending flood of invasive debris that enters their environment every day. Each bottle has unique, hand-built coral colonies 'growing' on it, some of which have been pressed into real corals to recover their texture. Textured glazes such as lichen glaze are also used in some cases to mimic the surface qualities of various corals. Muted glaze colours, often varying tones of white, are used to touch on the fact that these coral structures have been prone to coral bleaching and are in fact unhealthy or dead.
This series explores how plastic disposable items are becoming one with the earth. The never-ending flood of plastic pollution is now so widespread that it’s appearing in the most remote and uninhabited areas, sneaking its way into every crevice, over time fusing and morphing into one singular form, a mass of plastic and earth, a hybrid fossil, soon to be the fossils of our future.
Working with black stoneware, I use a variety of found plastic objects as sprig moulds, such as bottles, rope (from fishing nets), toothpaste tubes, and toothbrushes, as well as various corals, some of which have been collected from beaches in my homeland of Barbados. These vessels become a fusion of natural and manufactured materials, binding them together into one mass.
REPURPOSED I, II, & III (PLASTIC CONTAINER SERIES)