Observing//Gathering

This project began as an investigation into Narrative and sense of Place – As it developed I became very aware of the abundance of materials available on the shoreline. A developing question arose –  ‘what happens to marine plastics after they are washed ashore?’ If they are removed they will likely go to a landfill, but often they are too large and too remote to be carried away from the beach so they are left in large piles above the hightide mark.

My project provides an alternative life for these problematic materials. I begin my work out in the natural environment observing and gathering materials thrown ashore by the Sea, taking what I can carry back to the studio to begin a new life cycle. The majority of Plastics used in my final collection came from just one beach in the Assynt and Coigach area, and can be seen in the 2nd photo shown here.