January 31, 2019

When Does Plastic Become Your Problem?

Tamsin Doust


I knew when I became inspired to create this piece that it was a cry for help from the universe. We are consumed by convenience and we are flooding the natural world with our plastic obsession. We borrow life from this beautiful and inspiring planet, and we should give love and appreciation back to it for this. Instead we are conscious that our consumption is killing, yet we continue to suffocate life so that we can fill our pockets. We blame corporations, raise our hands; surrendering our power and continue to let our ‘rubbish’ be thrown into an ocean that has no choice. But we do have a choice and it is one we all must make. We must decide whether we want to purchase extinction or whether we want to buy into a better future. We no longer have the privilege to be selective in our care. Instead we must be creative and use all our individual skills to come up with a solution to plastic pollution. We must come together to save the world. You must realise that you have the power to make a difference. So, when does plastic become your problem?


The Death Of Venus
Medium: recycled plastic.
163 x 62 x 68cm

The sculpture is intended to represent Venus emerging from a plastic bottle wave. It is meant to symbolise the death of Venus and the death of divinity. Whilst it signifies death it also shows the inner conflict of nature, love, beauty and compassion trying to win against consumerism and over consumption. Within each of us lives a life energy which is alive and connected to everything. This sculpture was inspired to show what we are battling with within so that we can collectively try to change things for the better through individual realisation. Venus is encased in plastic to show that we are suffocating ourselves and nature with our over consumption, and that our need to produce new plastic instead of recycling is causing us to drown in it. You can still see hints of flesh in some areas and this is to represent that all is not lost and that we are still in touch with the sensitive and beautiful sides of ourselves, and can still decide to let this side flourish. The stomach area of the torso is full of conflicting ideas and messages; it is to signify the stress and pressure that plastic pollution is causing to the internal structure of our being. This directly affects the outer world as our actions are still being driven by excess. The conflict reaches up to her heart where there is a single request ‘love me’. The rest of the figure is coated in white plastic. This contrast is there to hint towards the possible barren and lifeless future our current habits could lead to. Her eyes, mouth and ears are covered by bar codes to show that her senses have been blocked and she is blinded by consumerism. This shows her separation from nature and from true experience and represents that she has lost touch with the present as she is consumed with wanting. Her hands are bound behind her back by decorative plastic cuffs; this shows that we are binding ourselves with contrived beauty and are restricted by this. With Lilies for hands, we see a possible end to life as we know it, but we also see Venus’s hope for a fertile future. Finally, from her head we see that her mind is full of flowers. This is intended to convey that we all have a Venus within and encourages us to return to nature, love, beauty and compassion and to give this to ourselves and to the world. It encourages us to experience life and to live.

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