MARINA REES














In this installation work, marine litter is the focus of the investigation, more precisely signs of life growing on marine litter. Living in a world that is more and more “shaped by human activity but ... also increasingly outside of human control” (Bubandt N.), marine litter, in particular plastic, is an appropriate representation of both our ingeniosity and creativity but also our inefficacy to foresee our impact on our environment.
Mass-producing plastic should not mean mass-forgetting their existence once their human use has been fulfilled. Their lives do carry on afterwards, therefore it feels apt to pay attention to this final stage, an abandoned man-made object left to very slowly decompose in the natural environment, entangled with many lives.
Pieces of plastic have been collected from the Icelandic coast, and a study of the vegetal and animal life growing on the plastic was produced through film and an interactive installation. The latter has permitted the public to become active observers of the intricate relationship of nature and human waste, considering marine litter’s presence as an animate material after human use, interacting with the landscape, and still very much a part of our world. This work was shown at the Akureyri Art Museum.

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