An unimaginable amount of plastic floats in the oceans, which via the food chain ends up in the stomachs of birds and fish, which are therefore threatened with extinction. At the same time, the sea level rises due to global warming. Natural phenomena such as tornadoes and cyclones, heat waves and heavy rainy periods are getting more and more extreme due to the increasing climate change. Our excessive consumption drive is the cause of this development.
7. Ferial Kheradpicheh, Modern Wave, 2018, concrete iron and plastic (220 x 180 x 40 cm).
Ferial Kherad Picheh has been working with water for years. The sea does not form a border between countries or parts of the world, but rather a connecting element. This colourful wave exudes joy at first, but on closer inspection it shows a stab under water: although the sea can unite people, those same people also spoil it by their insatiable lust to consume. Here we see no happy surf, but a flood of plastic soup.
Not a Beautiful Flower
8. Paul Klimecki, Not a Beautiful Flower, 2018, photography (each 40 x 60 cm).
Plastic bags float in large numbers through the oceans. They look like jellyfish or flowers, at first sight perhaps beautiful. In addition to its pragmatic applications, plastic also has an aesthetic component.
These photographs demand attention for the protection of our environment. Why does so much have to be packed in plastic bags? How can we ensure that it does not end up in the sea; and how do we get it out?
9. Martha Marjenburgh, Final chord, 2018. Digital photo compilation with oil paint on canvas (120 x 40 cm).
Two hands protrude above the water surface. Glaciers and ice caps are melting, the sea level is rising. All living beings try to save themselves in the rising water and man tries to conduct in vain. But he too is slowly going under.
Light on plastic soup
10. Astrid Stoffels, Light on plastic soup, 2019, plastic sushi boxes with paint, LED lighting, (30 x 120 cm).
Reuse of sushi rolls, always three on top of each other. Astrid Stoffels used these trays to mix paint. Presented and illuminated in this way, they evoke a three-dimensional image of a fairytale-like, transparent underwater landscape, which is nevertheless dominated by plastic soup and chemical junk. What is happening under the sea surface? This work of art evokes an image of natural phenomena such as scorching heat, exceptional rainfall, devastating tornadoes, which become increasingly extreme due to climate change.
The number of five lid objects is no coincidence. With this, the artwork reminds of the five large plastic soup vortices in the oceans, the North and South Pacific Gyre, the Indian Ocean Gyre and the North and South Atlantic Gyre.
11. Tamar Shilo, Bagosphere, 2018, natural materials on paper shopping bags (80 x 285 cm).
Tamar Shilo collected paper shopping bags from four world capitals (Chicago, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and Paris). They are made of recycled paper and have replaced the former plastic bags. Tamar Shilo sewed them together and painted them with bistre ink, earthy chalk and watercolour in natural colours. The bags confront us with our consumption lust that threatens the earth and the oceans. At the same time, the artist shows that it is possible to make something beautiful from sustainable material. Artists can also protect the environment.
The painting shows the depths of the sea and thus nature as it was, without plastic soup and other pollution, as an observation point. The conducting man has slipped into it. The road to sustainability is a long one.
Yearn for air
12. Gaby Oltean-Lungu, Yearn for air, 2018, oil paint, acrylic, textile and plastic (80 x 100 cm).
Gaby Oltean-Lungu used recycled material. She literally processed plastics and textiles into the paint. The mermaid tries desperately to swim to the surface through the plastic soup. Light rays fall from above into the water. The artist wants to emphasize that it is high time that we humans, the polluters, handle our planet more carefully.