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Art For Ransom In The Oceans

Art For Ransom In The Oceans

Image source: washedashore.org

Recycled art from marine litter is an in your face reminder of manmade effluence. Ocean debris and water pollution are unacceptable proceedings of an unnaturally occupied culture.

Artists who use the oceans’ trash as their bittersweet mediums help to spread the message of how large the consequences of careless disposal are.

The nonprofit Washed Ashore Project is a conceptualization of the Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education. The project takes the issue into the forefront of the community through outreaches and volunteers.

By utilizing the arts to communicate and educate the public about the devastating effects of plastics and other ocean debris, the project salvages the leftovers of ocean trash and repurposes them into art supplies and exhibits. Volunteers and artists work together to create hauntingly beautiful sculptures.

Art For Ransom In The Oceans

Image source: washedashore.org

According to project statistics, 90% of ocean debris they use comes from plastics that are petroleum-based, and they negate this number by putting 98% of it back into the art forms.

Check out a clip about the project:

An artist who creates amazing sculptures with the garbage collected from the oceans is Gilles Cenazandotti. His towering constructions prompt thought of all that is tossed aside and thrown away is not gone, but continues to grow into larger, destructive forces.

Turning petroleum products into the various species that they are helping further on their journey to extinction, his plastic reformations bring light on a disposable, consumerist society.

Art For Ransom In The Oceans

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Photographing his sculptures in their natural environments drastically intensifies the intended impact of his collections.

Art For Ransom In The Oceans

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Art For Ransom In The Oceans

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Pensive and poignant, the works of Courtney Mattison beautifully display the problems of trash contaminated oceans and their impact on coral reefs through handmade ceramic sculptures.

Art For Ransom In The Oceans

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In her statement, the artist reveals the muses of environmental science and marine biology, and how their inspiration has led to her creations.

As an “artivist” (artist-activist), I create work that celebrates the exotic forms of ocean flora and fauna in concert with their biological complexity, diversity, and vulnerability in the face of human-caused threats such as climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing and land-based pollution. Perhaps if my work can influence policy makers and the public to appreciate the fragile beauty of our endangered marine ecosystems we will act more wholeheartedly to conserve them.

One of her ongoing projects titled Our Changing Seas combines the biological sciences and art to bring awareness to the complexity of coral reefs and the importance of their conservation.

Mattison also brings the awareness back around to her own studio and ceramic production through conscious material choices and charitable donations from proceeds of some select collections. Donations go to organizations that focus on proactive efforts revolving around climate change, making her pastel productions responsive displays.

For more information about coral reef systems, explore the interactive wall.

If you have any favorite artists with a focus on marine debris art, please give them a mention in the comments below.

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