In the bone (2018)
Through the process of combining natural and artificial materials, In the Bone explores how the plastic in our oceans affect living creatures. Pesonen was inspired by news about a dead beached whale that was found with its stomach full of plastic rubbish. The work evolved into an exploration on microplastics and how ocean creatures consume them without their knowledge, causing plastic to become part of their body. The viewer is invited to gently touch the bones to feel the process of bone turning into plastic and with this interaction, ponder their own habits when it comes to plastic use. In the Bone combines dry-felted wool and plastic to create a skeleton and further converts these materials into political and environmental questions and statements.
Ella Pesonen, In the bone, ethically sourced felted wool and found plastic, 3 x 1 m, installation view.
In the below video, Ella speaks more about this project.