It’s Plastic by Kimberlee Joy Roth
September 10 – October 28, 2012
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, October 11, Lecture Hall – Visual Arts Building, 7 – 9 p.m.
All Events are Free and Open to the Public
Roth’s research on plastic’s impact on the ecosystem is the focus of It’s Plastic. The installation consists of a 30–foot wide by 3–foot high ceramic tile wall installation depicting sea life. This work is composed of 92 ceramic pieces whose negative space resembles the outline of a fishing net. The title of this piece, Net, has multiple implications. Literally, Net references the problem caused by lost plastic fishing nets floating in the ocean, which continue to catch and kill sea life. For these creatures, the added element of pollution compounds their daily struggle to survive. Metaphorically, Net’s narrative pulls the viewer into the work, catching them, causing them to have an emotional response and furthering their journey of education, exploration and social action.
Also included in the exhibition is a smaller version of Net consisting of 17 tiles and a display of double–walled teacups decorated with a sprigged baby loggerhead sea turtle hunting a baby jellyfish. Each mug contains a resource card directing people to the Algalita Marine Research Institute’s website as well as other informative sites dedicated to ridding our oceans of plastic. All royalties and after tax profits from this exhibition will be donated to the Algalita Marine Research Institute.
The exhibition includes a monitor with looping short videos that detail the increasing threat of plastic pollution, a display of published scholarly articles and a pamphlet with information on how one can help lessen the plastic contamination of our oceans. By making the viewer aware of the degradation of our environment and giving suggestions, tools and resources on how one can become involved, this exhibition compels the viewer to take action and help in stemming this pollution.
To contact the artist or for more information please go to: kimberleejoyroth.com/its_plastic/index.php