Plastic Sea

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas

Variable dimensions

2019 - 2021

In Plastic Sea, I’ve crocheted the shape of the world’s seas onto a circular fabric. All landmasses, however, have been left empty and can only be understood as an unstitched relief. Making these works was painstaking, involving thousands of hours of labor, and as I filled in these shapes I imagined our seas likewise filling as the discarded products of our land-based productions slowly emptied into them. At some point in the future, it seemed to me, there would be no longer a dividing line between the two. Land and sea would have become one. 

As with much of my work, there is a tension between these internal thoughts and the objects produced by them. The beads I use are plastic as well, mass produced in a factory in China, and so are part of the problem I’m exploring. Yet they are also the beautiful and highly versatile media for works of art. These ambiguities reflect those with the use of plastic itself. Disposable and unnecessary items, such as used bags and beverage containers, form much of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; but plastics, when shaped into water purifiers and medical components, provide many of the world’s most vulnerable with invaluable support.

Plastic America
Plastic America

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 80 cm diameter 2020

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Plastic Africa
Plastic Africa

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 80 cm diameter 2020

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Plastic Europe
Plastic Europe

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 80 cm diameter 2019

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Plastic Asia
Plastic Asia

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 80 cm diameter 2020

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Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 50 cm diameter 2019

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Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 50 cm diameter 2019

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Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 50 cm diameter 2019

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Antarctic Ocean
Antarctic Ocean

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 50 cm diameter 2019

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Arctic Ocean
Arctic Ocean

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 50 cm diameter 2019

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Black Sea
Black Sea

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 40 cm diameter 2019

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Red Sea
Red Sea

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 40 cm diameter 2019

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Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 40 cm diameter 2019

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Yellow Sea
Yellow Sea

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 40 cm diameter 2020

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Laguna verde y Laguna blanca
Laguna verde y Laguna blanca

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 20 cm diameter 2019

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Lac Retba
Lac Retba

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 20 cm diameter 2019

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Silver Lake
Silver Lake

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 20 cm diameter 2019

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Lac Hillier
Lac Hillier

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 20 cm diameter 2019

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Golden Lake
Golden Lake

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 20 cm diameter 2019

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Laguna Colorada
Laguna Colorada

Plastic beads sewed by hand on canvas 20 cm diameter 2019

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Plastic Sea
Plastic Sea

15 inverted maps "Shipwreck" exhibition Alalimón gallery 2019

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Plastic Sea
Plastic Sea

15 inverted maps "Shipwreck" exhibition Alalimón gallery 2019

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