TOXonomIC Kingdom of Plastic. Series of cyanotypes, screenprint and monoprints. 2017.
On a recent expedition to the intricate waterways of Limerick city to gather specimens to expose in cyanotype, I noticed a proliferation of detritus.
In the spirit of Anna Atkins, who in the 1800's gathered botanical specimens and exposed them in cyanotype creating an intricate catalogue of the British coastlines seaweed, I have found in my foraging, many non biodegradable's in varied forms, creating a modern portrait of our waterways and coastlines.
From toothbrushes to plastic bags, these findings were a grim reminder of the plastic used in everyone’s everyday life. The life cycle of plastic will far outlive any of us and all 300 million tons of plastic produced every year and every year since its invention, still exists today and will for another 1000 years.
In an interview with the Guardian in September 2017, David Attenborough vividly remembers, nearly 80 years on, his first encounter with one of the worst scourges of the planet. He was a schoolboy. “I remember my headmaster, who was also my science master, saying: ‘Boys, we’ve entered a new era! We’ve entered, we’ll be proud to say, the plastic era. And what is so wonderful about this is we’ve used all our scientific ingenuity to make sure that it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t decay, you know, it’s wonderful.’”
Our generations will be remembered for filling our oceans with plastic. Plastic now exists in every waterway, every lake, sea and ocean. It is in drinking water and it is slowly killing us.
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