AQUARIUM aka "I Must Down To The Tip Again" Installation at group show "OPEN Exhibition 2017" West Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, UK
I Must Down To The Tip Again
Aquarium, water, seashore junk 160cm x 100cm x 50cm
(Aquarium kindly lent by Hunnyhill Aquatics Ltd of Newport, Isle of Wight) (Special thanks to beach-cleaning groups around the Island)
"We’re inviting emerging and established artists to submit works in any medium to be a part of our Summer OPEN Exhibition this year, titled and themed “I must down to the seas again”. Borrowed from John Masefield’s original 1902 ‘Sea Fever’ poem*, we’re looking for sea and marine inspired works that reflect our love, fear, and curiosity about the sea..." (see more)
The trash was washed before installation and the aquarium filled with clean water. But the water became murky over the course of the seven week exhibition due to material seeping down from one of the larger objects. At variance with the artist's initial intent, i.e. to be able to see the many items which had been collected, the result was symbolic of pollution at work, right before the visitor's eyes.