Photo Credit: Tavis Rogerson
(excl. external images of the VOCO Hotel)
This work is made from found micro-plastics collected from Australia’s coastline and ecologically sustainable plant-based resin, ink, on a sustainable timber backing, stretched with voco linen that is approved by the 100% Better Cotton Initiative. The artwork has been created exclusively for voco hotels
Thematically based on environmental issues, taking society’s discarded everyday objects, and transforming them into formal compositions. These materials have been returned by the ocean and used to convey the history and memory of a place with a positive aesthetic.
The works transform rubbish into objects of value, raising questions about the assignation of cultural worth. They also compel the viewer to make links between everyday objects, and art. This work actively mobilizes the unstable boundaries between what is human-made and what is natural. There has been a longstanding engagement and exploration of the coastal landscape with this creativity, examining the passage of time in the landscape and the place of humankind within it.
Exhibiting this art is a way of sharing my messages with a broad audience. Even if just a fraction of the viewing audience were to experience a shift in their awareness and consciousness about the environment and art, then it’s worth it.
This work shares a positive message about beauty and the aesthetic experience and offers examples of detritus re-cycle and re-use. It encourages those who experience it to look at the environment in creative ways. People have expressed to me an awareness that manifests after seeing this found object artwork, that when they walk the beach, they feel awakened by creative possibilities. The final alchemy of the work is entrusted to the viewer where they may experience perceptual shifts and have a positive aesthetic experience. The work will potentially act as a constant reminder to “Tread Lightly on the planet”.
Artist: John Dahlsen
Title: Yellow and Blue Micro-plastics
Materials: Found plastics, resin (sustainable plant based), on voco linen – 100% Better Cotton initiative, on ply
Size: 100cm x 200cm