08 June — 25 August, 2019
With great commitment to the environment, Mandy Barker (b. 1964) from Hull, England, originally began by photographing plastic waste on beaches, but no one took any notice. So instead she started creating beautiful artworks from the plastic waste she gathered, photographing them in all their glory. Suddenly, she’d managed to reach out with her urgent message of the need for change: We all need to realise the dangers of this plastic. How it’s destroying our natural world with all its fauna and flora in so many ways, including by being eaten when mistaken for food. How plastic never disappears, but instead is simply broken down into smaller and smaller pieces – microplastics that find their way into our bodies in the food that we eat.
The old adage, what goes around comes around, has never been truer.
“My role is a kind of interpreter, one with facts and insight into just how dangerous the plastics found in the sea are and with the ability to present this knowledge in an easily accessible form. The more I learn from research, the more determined I become to work to create awareness that change is necessary,” – says Barker.
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