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By tov617, Jan 8 2020 08:53PM

Oil on Linen 72 x 76 inch in a red oak frame. Exhibition organised by Peterbourough Cathedral Education team and Peterborough Environment and City Trust. Located at the Peterborough Cathedral, August to October 2019 to coincide with the Luke Jerram Gaia installation.


The artwork idea was originated from bench ends and miserchord designs, particularly the Mermaid of Zennor. Framed in a large red oak frame and set up on a specially built temporary stand in the new building, the artwork received over 800 engagements many from Peterborough school children, The picture has been widely viewed and engaged with on the internet.


A further note on the making of Mermaid with her Mahi-Mahi and Oceanplastic: I held all the seaplastic objects in my hand whilst painting them, there is no fixed view point or vanishing point in the painting. The objects were never arranged other than in the painting for the effect of pattern and the illusion of space. The depth and space in the painting comes from the scale compared to the viewer and the mermaid and her fish. Some objects are larger than life-size, others smaller. I purposely did not play with combining different viewpoints in a cubist manner nor reverse perspective in a David Hockney type way; but it has a floating placement without a single perspective position and a conscious play of scale. The original concept was to make use of black delineations in a cartoon/graphic manner consistent with my ink drawings but that would have then flattened to space and obstructed the content as I felt its method would have become too dominant. I was injured at the time and had to paint with my right hand as well as my left it slowed me down and I averaged about six pieces of plastic a day, overall the picture took about a month to make, the sea blues had to be painted a few times to help with the depth in the pigment.


By tov617, May 11 2018 11:37AM

#plastic #native #temple - Installation for Vivacity Arts. For a generation born to consumerism in a plastic flooded biosphere, daily lives complicit, naturalised and virtually oblivious to the effects of single use and discard. Can we shop our way out of an ubiquitous environmental synthetic and semi-synthetic organic compound insertion? Having found a couple of expanded polystyrene skulls in a Peterborough shop sold as Halloween items, I became interested in the idea of the Vanitas still life genre but with a human impact starting point. When asked to do this installation commission it seemed an obvious choice to insert some ocean plastic into one of the skulls heads to form an Iroquois (or mohican, as commonly referred to in British English) tribal hairstyle. I think it will work better as a painting though like the immediacy of the photograph, a detail from the piece as a whole.


One of the paintings in the background for me is a cross between a Bolivian day of the skulls celebration set up with plastic debris and polystyrene skulls rather than human remains and decorative flowers and hats (see google link below), crossed with Cezanne or Picasso skull still lives. The Plastic litter was collected from a beach in Devon with some items also coming from the verges of the A47 Castor bypass. #plastigeddon #plastocalypse #plasticene #plasticpollution #plasticsoup #microplastics


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Vivacity Unit, Queensgate, Peterborough On until 20th May 2018


Plastic

Native

Temple


Plastic is now ubiquitous.

We’re living through the Plasticene.

You can buy a 2.4m plastic cactus for your hallway; you won’t have to water a real cactus using tap water, that itself now contains plastic micro-particles.


‘The plastic arts’ is a term that had existed long before plastic itself. I have wanted to try and look at the plastic objects I had collected over the last few years as naively as possible, as though life-drawn for the first time by an art student intent on learning through prolonged observation. Not interested in the Neoplastism of the De Stijl movement, instead my initial thoughts were of a metamorphosis and of bringing ancient mythology and plastic ¬- a 20th century invention - together in an uncomfortable way. However I found myself reluctant to go too far down the path of the collision of two plastic objects to transmogrify into a third construct - yet there is a definite modernist basis for some of the elements.


The mermaid painting backdrop idea came from a small toy figure found as sea plastic litter. It is actually the top half part of a small Barbie figurine, but I initially thought it to be Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I researched mermaid art and came across the mermaid of Zennor and was attempting to build a composition around that and some lines from Ovid but the plastic overwhelmed it.


Wood is an obvious counterpoint and natural contrast with which I have felt more at ease. The plastic components are essentially ready-mades although altered by collision with natural processes in the environment and some minor assemblage. Wood is also an ancient, relevant building material. In this installation, the wood forms a sanctuary, a natural structure and the plastic is an imposition on it and in it.


There is no doubt the terrible convenient addiction that societies have developed for plastic eases the struggle against decay in the short term. What now looks to be a permanent error is that plastic is with us for the foreseeable and has been injected into the human food chain. I can imagine a child born being described as a plastic native to perhaps a planet slowly choking at Plastigeddon.


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