I make my art because I’ve learned to care about our planet and specifically it’s oceans. I like to believe that people if given the knowledge and choice, will want to do everything they can to ensure that future generations can live in a healthy world.
I never thought I would be spreading awareness on environmental issues, I always thought that it was someone else’s problem to fix. But that all changed after I started scuba diving because I completely fell in love with the ocean and wanted to do something to help protect it from human destruction. Once that interest was sparked the things that once seemed inconsequential started to feel more important to me and there was a thirst for more knowledge. The more I learned, the more I was horrified and disgusted, and that is what motivated me to create this body of work. I want to use my artwork to get people to pay attention to things they don’t normally think about. Like the way diving in the ocean changed how I saw things.
My work represents human destructive habits and their planetary consequences. We rely on plastics in almost every aspect of our daily lives because they make things convenient for us. But what gets overlooked is how harmful they are to our planet and ourselves. Since plastics become more harmful to life the smaller they become, I chose to photograph microplastics with a microscope, enlarging them and making their details visible to the human eye. The microscope allows me to present the subject in an unfamiliar way, abstracting the material.
Each of these images of shimmering spheres shows microscopic beads of the plastic polyethylene.