There is no away

Eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the sea and oceans every year – and much of this waste gets washed up on our beaches.
My daily dog walks along our beautiful North East coastline have raised my awareness and concern for this environmental issue.
These small found objects that once belonged to children – toys, spades, plastic sand moulds, discarded or lost Lego bricks – have only served to add significance to the need to raise awareness of environmental issues, leaving a better place for future generations.
Photographs are manipulated to create kaleidoscopic images, reminiscent of exquisite wallpapers thereby changing the mundane into something intriguing and beautiful..
The effect is also a return to my own childhood and the magical discovery of kaleidoscopes where a spinning pattern was a thing of wonder.
This collection of work aims to reunite the viewer with the simple pleasures of childhood and the importance of preserving the beach as a clean, safe place of wonderment for future generations to enjoy and care for.
“There is no away – because plastic is so permanent and so indestructible. When you cast it into the ocean, there is no away.”

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