2016 - 2017
Marine debris is defined as being any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment. Through working with a science program surveying for marine debris, I learned more about these objects and their impacts. As my knowledge of these objects and impacts grew, my distain towards debris grew as well. Yet, the more I study the objects, the deeper a fascination I develop with these objects due to the transformation the oceanic environment can generate.
These images use marine debris to consider how altering the context of marine debris objects can change our perception of them. The images explore materiality, utility, neglect, and degradation as well as the act of anthropomorphizing things.
Using these images, I seek to propose a realm of indeterminacy through which to view objects of marine debris. Removing them from a false objectivity that science has promoted, this project explores my complicated relationship with marine debris. To consider what happens when an object is neglected, the production of objects and their performativity allows me the opportunity to think through matters of fixity and transience, utility and futility.