Ocean in a cup (2018)
We are used to seeing the ocean hold our plastic. By reversing the situation, Ocean in a Cup explores the increasing amount of plastic rubbish in our oceans and the ethical and political questions this awakens. Some cups include scraps that have washed to the shore, such as cigarette butts and wrappers. The sea shells, sea gull feathers and sea weed bring attention to the animal and plant life that are affected. Repetition is used to show the scale of the issue and how we have allowed our dependence on plastic get out of control. The viewer is invited to take part in the interchange between representation and interpretation as they interact with the work, whether it is once or when they return to the work later on. Each audience member can draw their own conclusion about the work, that of the artist is just one of many. The ocean water is collected from the Wollongong Harbour.
Ella Pesonen, Ocean in a cup, plastic cups, ocean water and found beach rubbish, installation view.