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Leach
by Kyna Hodges
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Title:
Leach

Author:
Kyna Hodges

Description:
In this project I have been generating a resonance between form and material. The form is the death mask. The material is plastic. Plastic is a powerful current within consumerism. It makes our lives easier in many ways but there is a growing body of research revealing that plastic is not just a durable inert substance, but one from which harmful and sometimes deadly chemicals can leach into our food and our bodies. These substances are then flushed into our waterways and oceans, to add to the already critical levels of plastic that reside there. The shiny new surfaces that are purported to enhance our lives may in fact be eroding them. ‘Leach’ plays with the double natured qualities of plastic, and our relationships with it by using melted plastic packaging cast into death masks. This short description of my work looks into the vast subject of plastic in our lives. One of the reasons that this project was born is that I saw an article online that advocated a plastic free life. I decided to give it a week trial. One week turned into four months, the unexpected wealth of knowledge that I gained formed the groundwork for my death mask project. The visual strength of my piece lends itself to make people think about plastic and themselves, which is the first step toward change. However paired with my three actions this will take thought even further. I am proposing three different events that would involve the public. The first would be a talk/workshop on a plastic free life, informing and sharing the knowledge gained from my own experience, also inviting anyone to share his or her own stories. Through sharing these stories it would become evident on how and where plastic crops up in each individuals life and how ingrained this is in today’s society I would then do a series of face casting sessions to make more plastic death masks. People would be encouraged to bring along household plastic waste, adding further to the personal element. This would involve the trust and bond building exercise of getting your face cast by and with another. The act of making would also open up a space for discussion and sharing of facts among participants. Building upon the previous session. The last element would be to display the community’s death masks accompanied by the stories and facts gathered from the other sessions in a public place. Depending on location they could be floated on the ocean, or arranged facing the nearest shoreline, no matter the distance.
Description:
In this project I have been generating a resonance between form and material. The form is the death mask. The material is plastic. Plastic is a powerful current within consumerism. It makes our lives easier in many ways but there is a growing body of research revealing that plastic is not just a durable inert substance, but one from which harmful and sometimes deadly chemicals can leach into our food and our bodies. These substances are then flushed into our waterways and oceans, to add to the already critical levels of plastic that reside there. The shiny new surfaces that are purported to enhance our lives may in fact be eroding them. ‘Leach’ plays with the double natured qualities of plastic, and our relationships with it by using melted plastic packaging cast into death masks. This short description of my work looks into the vast subject of plastic in our lives. One of the reasons that this project was born is that I saw an article online that advocated a plastic free life. I decided to give it a week trial. One week turned into four months, the unexpected wealth of knowledge that I gained formed the groundwork for my death mask project. The visual strength of my piece lends itself to make people think about plastic and themselves, which is the first step toward change. However paired with my three actions this will take thought even further. I am proposing three different events that would involve the public. The first would be a talk/workshop on a plastic free life, informing and sharing the knowledge gained from my own experience, also inviting anyone to share his or her own stories. Through sharing these stories it would become evident on how and where plastic crops up in each individuals life and how ingrained this is in today’s society I would then do a series of face casting sessions to make more plastic death masks. People would be encouraged to bring along household plastic waste, adding further to the personal element. This would involve the trust and bond building exercise of getting your face cast by and with another. The act of making would also open up a space for discussion and sharing of facts among participants. Building upon the previous session. The last element would be to display the community’s death masks accompanied by the stories and facts gathered from the other sessions in a public place. Depending on location they could be floated on the ocean, or arranged facing the nearest shoreline, no matter the distance.
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