New Generation Gallery

Helen O’Shea

Masters by Research , Crawford College of Art and Design

New Generation Gallery 2021

My work looks at the speculative prospect of what is beyond our vision in the depths of the oceans and uses the transformation of waste plastics to raise themes of environmental, material and ecological concern. Researching the journey of waste plastics in the ocean brought home the complexity of what is happening in this environment: physical breakdown; absorption of toxins; ingestion; leaching chemicals; bacterial and microbial growth and transportation of invasive species. Linking these findings with textile sensibilities sees the resulting creations foreground the mark of the hand while exploring the potential to reuse waste plastics in a contemporary art setting. Driven to disrupt perceptions of waste and expose this material's potential through subversive aesthetics, questioning possibilities on end-of-life issues.

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