Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

Previous photoNext photo
3
Flotsam Monotype print. 2017
by Rachael Causer
1205
Contest is finished!
https://universal-sea.org/calendar/open-call-application-form?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=1721
3
1205
Title:
Flotsam Monotype print. 2017

Author:
Rachael Causer

Description:
Flotsam is part of a series of prints and drawings of detritus that has been discarded and swept away. It is hauntingly compelling in its beauty and at the same time in its stark ugliness repercussions for our tenuous ecology. The floating plastic bag is both fragile and indestructible. Snagged and blowing on roadside hedgerows and gently rising and falling in our ocean waters, the plastic that will never decompose is continuously moving; a beating heart. I am both fascinated and repelled by the physical trail that we as humans, leave behind us; shopping lists, notes, packaging, old clothes, lost gloves and abandoned mattresses. I am intrigued by the ebb and flow of flotsam and jetsam that is blown, swept and dragged around our houses; things stuffed down the back of sofas, unwanted objects on pavements, rubbish-snared verges. The tragedy is that inevitably much of this waste will find its resting place in our seas. My work is rooted in a love of objects and materials and particularly things that I find. I am interested in museums, systems of taxonomy and the desire to collect. My work challenges conventional perceptions of value and worth and explores ideas of ‘brokenness’ and ‘repair’; a subtly ‘mended’ carrier bag questions our impulse to throw away and replace with something new.
Description:
Flotsam is part of a series of prints and drawings of detritus that has been discarded and swept away. It is hauntingly compelling in its beauty and at the same time in its stark ugliness repercussions for our tenuous ecology. The floating plastic bag is both fragile and indestructible. Snagged and blowing on roadside hedgerows and gently rising and falling in our ocean waters, the plastic that will never decompose is continuously moving; a beating heart. I am both fascinated and repelled by the physical trail that we as humans, leave behind us; shopping lists, notes, packaging, old clothes, lost gloves and abandoned mattresses. I am intrigued by the ebb and flow of flotsam and jetsam that is blown, swept and dragged around our houses; things stuffed down the back of sofas, unwanted objects on pavements, rubbish-snared verges. The tragedy is that inevitably much of this waste will find its resting place in our seas. My work is rooted in a love of objects and materials and particularly things that I find. I am interested in museums, systems of taxonomy and the desire to collect. My work challenges conventional perceptions of value and worth and explores ideas of ‘brokenness’ and ‘repair’; a subtly ‘mended’ carrier bag questions our impulse to throw away and replace with something new.
There are no comments.
You must be logged in to post a comment
Log In
Register