PlasticWorld (2019)

Acrylic paint on plastic envelope windows, Liquitex varnish

Beach On A Sunny Day (2019), 10.3 cm x 5.6 cm
Flowers and the Forest (2019), 10.5 cm x 6.7 cm
White Cliffs (2019), 14.5 cm x 5.8 cm
Flowers In A Field (2019), 10.5 cm x6.8 cm
Mountain Tops (2019), 14.5 cm x 6 cm

PlasticWorld (2019) was completed in the summer of 2019, following the end of my A-Levels. I was directionless in my art, having kept to the same theme of politicized landscapes for over a year. Having painted forests on fire and cut down, I wasn’t sure where to go, if I should keep doing what I was doing or change entirely. I kept starting projects but never completing them as my attention was quickly diverted elsewhere.

Sitting around a fire, my mother peeled off the plastic windows to envelopes and handed them to me, suggesting I should paint of them. I cut the edges to make them straight, washing off the adhesive and paper. I primed them and painted on them using acrylic, then coated them in multiple coats of Liquitex varnish to thicken the paintings. Envelope windows are thin plastic and coating them in varnish would prevent the ripping of the paintings and flaking of the paint.

The relationship between the plastic base and the plastic (acrylic) paint was not lost on me. I found it would be interesting to paint pastoral images, untouched nature onto the plastic base using plastic paint; as a sort of intervention on waste and plastic waste but showing what is destroyed by this waste by painting them using what is essentially destroying them. All that may end up remaining of these scenes is plastic and these plastic images.