This project is about humanity's plastic pollution of the oceans. Every day there seems to be another news story concerning this issue; whales full of plastic bags, plastic chemicals leeching into fish, fishing nets destroying coral reefs etc. etc. I decided to work with this waste directly, obtaining waste fishing gear from a fishery and plastic marine debris from a beach clean-up, so as to both transform and elevate this waste into something of value and with aesthetic appeal, as well as to generate discussion around the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean. My intention is for the work to set up a conflict: the vibrant colours and textures are bright, happy and fun, yet the grim reality of where these materials came from, and the larger issue they represent, jars against the initial visual appeal. I hope to show the transformable potential of waste materials into almost unrecognisable states, and through the larger, less altered plastic pieces, convey large mass to demonstrate the sheer scale of the problem. Through the variety in my work, I hope to show the wide-ranging possibilities these materials offer, as well as reflect the multi-faceted nature of the problem of oceanic plastic pollution.