Plastics, pollution, art and activism: artists who denounce the impact of plastics in nature
Plastic is everywhere—in our oceans, deserts, and rainforests. Wild animals feed on it, become entangled in it, die because of it. But they are not alone; some artists want to show us the effects of our throwaway lifestyle. Starting with Chris Jordan, followed by Mandy Barner and many others, we explore a number of artists that use their weapons to denounce the effect of plastic on our planet’s wildlife and on our environment in general. We aim to analyze their different styles of denunciation and their aesthetic perspective on the situation.
When compiling these artists we selected those who give preference to discursive emotion yet nevertheless do not allow artistic expression to eclipse their urge to denounce. Although it is impossible not to follow certain aesthetic rules, the chosen artists never put form before the message they seek to convey.
We analyze the hidden details of their aesthetic expression –materials, composition, styles– in relation to the environmental problems they denounce, offering data and a scientific explanation.
Hernándo Gómez, PhD in Visual Arts, lecturer at Universidad Europea de Madrid. Professional graphic reporter.
Gala Arias, PhD in Environmental Humanities, lecturer at Universidad Europea de Madrid. Eco-activist and trainer in the areas of sustainable consumption.