Modern society is immersed in plastic. From our household appliances to handheld gadgets. From our clothes to our food to our beds, lined with synthetic fiber, to our work tables laminated in plastic tops, it is all around us. Microplastics are small pieces of plastic 5mm or less, either manufactured that size or degraded from larger objects. Ingested by fish and other marine life, they infiltrate our tap water systems, and absorb chemicals in the water that surrounds them.
The MICROPLASTICS exhibition will serve as a bridge between objective research on Microplastics and the subjective response to it, awakening a sense of social responsibility and ecological awareness in the viewer. Multiple viewpoints will be presented and gallery visitors will be encouraged to share their thoughts through surveys before and after the exhibition.
More About the Exhibition:
Mark Ormond, Curator will be working with Tess Lockey a Junior Illustration major who was born in Hong Kong and raised in the Philippines and has lived near the sea all her life. She first learned about Microplastics in the fall of 2017, when her instructor Anamari Boyes invited Dr. Abbey Tyrna, Water Resources Agent of UF/ IFAS Sarasota Extension, to speak in her Ecology of Water class. The exhibition will promote awareness of the issue by representing diverse voices (through written/verbal statements, info-videos/infographics created by students, and physical samples of microplastics) and the artistic community (through created works of paintings, sculpture, stickers, posters.) Statements will be collected from Dr. Tyrna and Ms. Boyes. Artwork will be created by Ringling College students, with some works selected from final projects created for the Ecology of Water class. A visual survey at the entrance and exit of the exhibition will engage the audience and measure their awareness of Microplastics issues.