Environmental Monitoring Dioramas

Environmental Monitoring Diorama Series, 2009-2010
Trash, mixed media, various sizes

While scavenging for Styrofoam from the old Dawson City dock in the Yukon, I noticed that huge holes had been dissolved or eaten into the plastic material. This had all happened underwater while the dock had been in service. Chemicals in the local Yukon River, where local people fished, dissolved Styrofoam. I used the damaged materials as the basis for a series of miniature northern landscapes; the pollutants did the sculpting, I merely added details. Pollutants are an inextricable part of land and life in the 21st century, even in the far north.

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