The role of the environmental artist in the second decade of this century is examined in the recent work, as an installation exhibition of sculpture, printmaking, and painting and wall works in my art from this exhibition. This work is reflexive and dialogical, drawing on environmental philosophy and other environmental artists’ to find symbolic and practical connections. The art protests against recklessness of policy makers while building an aesthetic appreciation of the artwork produced. Elements that underpin the art practice include the relationship of activist, aesthetic and transformative concerns, highlighting an integration of symbolic geometric shapes used in the exultation of mundane objects such as ocean litter. The creation of this body of work provides insights into the practice of making art that is aesthetic as well as an activist statement about contemporary society. The nexus across social comment, aesthetics and transformation through environmental art is explored.
As an environmental artist I have become fully immersed in working with these found objects collected from the Australian beaches. It is incredulous to think the many times that have been bent over to pick up the thousands of pieces of plastic debris that made up that aspect of this art, each piece jostled around for an unknown duration by sand, sun and ocean, their form altered, faded and rounded by the elements. The unabated dumping of thousands of tons of plastics has been expressed in these assemblages, installations, totems, digital prints, paintings, recycled plastic bag works and public artworks.