TINA HINOJOSA


Number 1, Number 2, Number 4
Silicone, found plastic, sterling silver, fishing rope, dish soap
2018


Number 2
Silicone, found plastic, sterling silver, fishing rope, dish soap
21 x 6.5 inches
2018


Preservation
Silicone, sterling silver, personal lubricant
21 x 6.5 inches
2018


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Number 12
Silicone, found plastic, sterling silver, fishing rope, dish soap
21 x 6.5 inches
2018


ARTIST STATEMENT

Mass production of plastic began about 60 years ago. Every 15 years, the amount of plastic produced doubles. We are currently producing about 300 million tons of plastic per year. Plastic takes an estimated 400 years to deteriorate, therefore most of the plastic produced still exists. Only 9% is recycled. What is not recycled ends up in landfills or pollutes our land and waterways and eventually ends up in the ocean.

I enjoy working with plastic and other recycled materials because it allows me to take some of these items out of the waste stream. While researching my next project, I found Plastic Oceans released by the United Nations. I was inspired to contact Dr. Jennifer Lavers in Tasmania for more information. Dr. Lavers has dedicated her life to studying the effects of plastic ocean pollution on the flesh-footed shearwaters on Lord Howe Island. Currently, 100% of expired chicks examined have plastic in their bellies. Dr. Lavers was nice enough to send me some plastic from the chicks’ stomachs. Originally, I planned to make something from that material, but I had a very visceral reaction when I received it. The items felt like treasures too sacred to alter and that they had a message of their own to send. This work, however, was created in response to this experience.

Each piece is slush cast in silicone and filled with one of the items in the top 12 of the Ocean Conservancy’s “Threat Rank Report,” published each year. The different piece, made with sterling silver chain contains nothing but a gel substance. It represents the ideal conditions, where wildlife can live without the mass of pollution they so often ingest, get entangled in, or suffer toxic effects from. Viewers are encouraged to interact with the pieces, even take them down and put them on. 

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