I have just been registering for "clean up the world weekend" on Sept.17-19, 2010. Don´t know yet where and who is going to participate. But I needed to make a start. This morning I went swimming on a clean and empty beach - the season is ending - and it was so wonderful except for a lot of garbage in the dunes.
I call it beach kitsch - it is unfair I know. I like them - but I do love my plastic litter works. These are relativly simple to produce and it brings a little money, because thats what tourists want to see. Beach romanticism. It is so understandable.
At the moment my studio is opened for the tourists. I am not able to work because every fifteen minutes someone comes for a visit - which is in fact wonderful. Because of the cruiseliners it is a mixture of different nationalities. Really nice! Last week dutch and american, yesterday french, today spanish.
within the north atlantic and north pacific gyres there are up to 200,000 pieces of plastic litter floating on every squarekilometre (seaeducationassociation)
the decomposition of today`s plastics takes up to 600 years -
60-80% of all plastic litter reaches the ocean through the rivers - 60% of debris items are disposable (oceanconservancy)
The debris for my collages I found on the beaches of Warnemünde at the Baltic Sea - one of Germany`s most cleaned up tourist resorts.
I would like to focus on the plastic problem all around us. Every time I walk on the beach I am at the same time fascinated and frightened about this side by side of nature and plastic. How the sea works on the debris and sometimes you don´t know what is what. The variety of beached items is immense and makes you wonder about their journey and the story behind.
My collages are about environmental awareness. It is so normal for us to be surrounded by plastic. I would like to sharpen the eye for this human footprints on the beach, in the ocean. Doing it with art is a nice way of learning.
For me it is very satisfying to combine the daily walk on the beach with a little cleanup and to recycle the plastic litter into art.
Hope you enjoy it!