The ocean is crying, bleeding, dying. Triptych.

Found fishing line, beach debris, plastic bottle and straws, discarded ‘disposable’ contact lenses, deconstructed beach rope, recycled sterling silver, brass, glass beads

Degraded rope and water bottles broken up by tide and time, fishing line fragmenting into ever smaller pieces, and even innocuous ‘disposable’ contact lenses all become an invisible poison in our oceans, harming all sea life – from the tiniest krill up to the largest whales.

The repeated hexagonal shapes in this work represent the chemicals added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, and longevity. Once ingested, plastics compromise the gut and starve sea creatures, but ominously these plastics also leach their chemicals, affecting sea life – and the entire food chain – in ways we are only just beginning to comprehend.

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by Sophie Carnell HIGHLY COMMENDED