"Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic." - Andy Warhol

When I was approached about creating a work based on the environmental impact of marine trash, mainly plastic, I became immediately engaged in this project. My experience living on a tidal river in Gloucester had already made me aware of the increase in plastic waste in our waterways. Watermen are finding their livelihoods threatened as the Bay slowly succumbs to environmental degradation of all kinds. And plastic waste in the oceans even poses a potentially devastating long-term toxic threat to the food chain as marine life including crabs begin to ingest plastic. This triggered a response to visualize this degradation of both the environment & the food chain as a work of art. I created a large work based on a waterman's crab pot and filled it with plastic bottles, symbolizing both the massive number of bottles discarded yearly, and my vision that these bottles might indeed, become the New Catch in the not so distant future.

New Catch, 2020
Elaine Viel
Steel, Fiber, Plastic, Paint

William and Mary Sculptures
From a set of photographs of the Mariner's Museum grounds, students selected specific sites and made sculptures designed with those sites in mind. Once completed the sculptures were installed on-site to see if the photographic images gave an accurate account of the site.

Splice
Derek Toon, Artist

Anchored in the land and water, Splice brings together environments and materials in interactive and visual degrees. Working to contain the power of the water, Splice is the one captured in tension.

Rope Them In
Margaret Mays, Artist

Rope Them In is a scaled down version of the ongoing environmental crisis of plastic bottles. This crisis will surely continue engulfing our natural landscape should the usage of plastic bottles not end.

Antithesis
Greta Glaser, Artist

The plastic bags that clutter our environment are the antithesis of nature. They are unsightly, permanent, and injurious.

Along the Way
Trevor Harrison, Artist

Walking in nature should evoke ancient feelings of connectedness and consciousness of existence. Guiding the viewer along a path, the piece provides the viewer with both a general and specific relationship with nature. The simple rope of the path leads the viewer without concentrating their attention, so they may appreciate and notice their surroundings when walking, while moments along the way direct immediate interaction with details of their environment.

Untitled
Kiernan Lofland, Artist

My work is a combination of the natural and the artificial, probing how the human and the organic landscapes relate. This piece combines found sticks, cut pine, Styrofoam and found plastic junk into a balanced system. By joining artificial and natural objects together in a balanced and cohesive way, I acknowledge the combination of two different landscapes brought together as one.

We Quilt the Earth
Ashley Pierce, Artist

Our beloved possessions leave a lasting impression not only on our memories but on our earth as well. Bottle labels used in this piece were recovered from the bottles used in the other pieces being displayed and will be recycled and reused at the end of this exhibit.