Recycled Plastic Bag Art

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Blue River


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Zebra Plastics

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3 Green Rivers


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Plastic bag Abstraction


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Plastic bag Abstraction Triptych


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Blue Inlet


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Coloured Plastics Series


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Plastic Bag Diptych

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Clear Plastic River

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Green Plastic Bag Print
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Clear Plastic Bag Print
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White Plastic Bag Print

 
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I developed works beginning in 2003 using recycled plastic bags as the primary medium, “Blue River” was one of these works using this medium. This work was a finalist in the 2003 Wynne prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. These works signalled a slight departure from my more recognizable assemblage works, in which I used plastics and other detritus collected from the Eastern seaboard, “Thong Totems” which won the Wynne Prize in 2000 is a good example.

I am with this work, apart from wishing to express obvious environmental messages, particularly interested in the brilliance of the colours and textures available to me in working with this medium. I am constantly surprised to see the variations in these plastics, very much like how I am intrigued by the beach found objects I have collected over the years.
I imagine these plastic bags, which mostly have a lifespan of many years, are in fact on the verge of extinction, as it is only a matter of time before governments impose such strict deterrents to people using them that they become a thing of the past. A fitting end to what has become such a scourge to our environment on a worldwide scale.

As a point of discussion, the Irish Government imposed a 10 cent levy on the use of these bags some years ago and saw the consumption of this product decrease by approximately 90% within a year, a reduction of many billions of plastic bags per year!

Once again, I am able as a contemporary visual artist, to use these recycled materials, to create artworks which I hope, express a certain beauty as well as containing their oun unique environmental messages.

John Dahlsen.

 

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