After much  adding up of objects/materials found on the beaches, transcribing of notes  and  cataloging photographs, this week  I am setting about experimenting with ways to visually respond to my findings.

ESW working on ideas

Perhaps one of the most poignant findings is the hidden nature of the  volumes of litter that we are contributing too on our beaches: buried beneath the sand, caught between the rocks, entangled in the seaweed, covered by vegetation.

lochinver polystyrene between the rocks  Polbain  litter covered by stones  plastic bag sutherland  Achduart litter in seaweed
It is this unseen nature of  beach litter and the longevity of the plastics that we find that I am now presently addressing in the studio, the results of which I will install/perform in a few weeks time in Ullapool.

3 thoughts on “Response

  1. Do children growing up now see these things as part of nature, like we used to find unusual shells and wonder where they came from? Exposing them is essential to asking where that came from and what they are doing to the sea and the shore.

  2. Remember that it is the litter of generations of sea creatures, ie their skeletons, that now form chalk downland, and long dead trees that form coal, what will our litter turn into over millions of years – fossilised debris?

  3. I recall the plastic wall of litter created by the wind on a fence on the islay coast.
    Are we destined to live with a different beach sand from now on coloured with micro plastic?
    If a tax on plastic bags why not on other plastic litter?
    What is the analogy with invisible nuclear particles at dounreay and the nuclear waste from foukoashima?

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