Washed Ashore Jill Chism with Tangaroa Blue Volunteers

Jill Chism1LThis work is created in collaboration with Tangaroa Blue, an Australia-wide marine debris clean-up organisation, which relies almost entirely on volunteer participation. Washed Ashore highlights the excessive quantities of marine debris now accumulating on Australian beaches and encourages individuals to take action.

The use of blended colours mimics our initial attraction to products, which soon turns into waste/repulsion. It is also now understood that the massive pile up of garbage in the oceans currents (some of these twice as big as Texas such as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch) breaks down to become micro particles that are consumed by plankton to become part of the food chain . In this way we are consuming our own plastic waste while changing forever the make-up of the natural environment.

This work is an encouragement to do something positive about the situation. Each individuals actions becomes a powerful collective response, as can be seen by the work achieved by the organisation Tangaroa Blue.

Jill Chism has an extensive CV as an artist along with a history of working with found objects particularly plastic. Her recent environmental art works highlights the need for each of us to take action to reduce environmental waste as a positive response to what appears to be an insurmountable problem. See www.jillchism.com.au

Jill Chism3Jill Chism's Wood armatures with Marine Debris.















1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch 'The Eastern Garbage Patch has one of the highest levels of plastic particulate suspended in the upper water column. Unlike debris, which biodegrades, the photo-degraded plastic disintegrates into ever smaller pieces while remaining a polymer. This process continues down to the molecular level.
As the plastic flotsam photo-degrades into smaller and smaller pieces, it concentrates in the upper water column. As it disintegrates, the plastic ultimately becomes small enough to be ingested by aquatic organisms, which reside near the ocean's surface. Plastic waste thus enters the food chain'. Ibid.