Captivated by the Plastiglomerates (a rock composed of sedimentary grains and other natural debris (e.g., shells, wood) held together by plastic) I discovered on a Croatian beach. I made new objects out of waste that appear to be earth layers. These works build on a previous material research project in which I simulated the effects of human influence on the Earth's crust.
The vases represent a contradiction. It demonstrates how waste can be transformed into something valuable, such as a visually appealing vase. At the same time, the objects call into question our understanding of nature. I wants to raise awareness of the fact that, even in 2023, many of our plastics are dumped and end up in the sea. Plastic fragments are forming a new layer of sedimentary rocks all over the planet. Plastic has already made its way into our planet's crust, with all its consequences.
The objects are made from man-made trash found on the street, beach, and in city containers. After precisely arranging all of the pieces, I pour this into a mould, layer
by layer, with cement concrete and bio resin. I processed the objects using techniques similar to those used to shape and reshape the earth, such as erosion, heating, and grinding. This creates textures that are quite similar to textures that can be found in nature.
Studio photography by Anne Wiltenburg
Exhibition photography by Ilco Kemmere
Dutch Design Week
Plastigomerates and trash found on a beach in Croatia 2023.