Join artist Emily Miller for an interactive art installation with 1,000+ pounds of fishing rope debris, from "ghost net" lost at sea to responsibly recycled material from commercial fisheries. I'll be working in the gallery throughout the exhibit, making baskets on my sewing machine and inviting everyone to participate in transforming this marine debris into art!
Thank you so much to the partners, sponsors, and collaborators
who created an incredible experience in the Ghost Net Landscape in 2019!
In October 2019, I collaborated with over 300 students and community members to create more than 220 artworks in the Ghost Net Landscape at Pacific University's Cawein Gallery in Forest Grove, Oregon. In May-June 2019 during the first edition of Ghost Net Landscape, I invited over a dozen artists to lead their own projects in the Ghost Net Landscape at Elisabeth Jones Art Center in Portland, Oregon.
Click here to learn more about each exhibit.
Upcoming in 2020:
April 20-28 at Portland Community College. Rock Creek campus
October 3-31 at Forest Grove Public Library
During each exhibit, the community is invited to participate in collecting and transforming materals.
COLLECT: Gather ghost net from the beach, and salvage retired net and long line from local fisheries
CREATE: Untangle and unwind fishing rope... Take home materials... Explore a new material to make art... Lead collaborative work in your specialty!
Ghost net is one of the most abundant and dangerous sources of marine debris in our oceans.
This lost or abandoned fishing gear makes up 46% of the mass in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where it entangles wildlife and disintegrates into microplastics, affecting every level of the food web and marine ecosystem.
Since 2015, I have created machine-stitched baskets from this fishing rope washed up on the coastlines of Oregon, Kauai, and Maine. The collection site of each rope tells its own unique story about the effects of coastal industry on local and global scales.
In 2018, I pulled rope from a massive environment created from two tons of ghost net, hauled off Kauai's beaches by Surfrider Kauai in just two months.
This experience directly inspired the Ghost Net Landscape installation. By bringing the pile into the gallery, the project shares its powerful physical presence - a small fraction of what washes ashore every day. What happens to the material after it is removed from the ocean is a work in progress. Ghost Net Landscape seeks to discover how much artwork I can create from the mass, and to show how much more can be done when we work together.
Worldwide, I've seen a variety of evolving solutions. Companies are melting down ocean plastic for use in products like skateboards, shoes, and building bricks. Some places (including Hawaii) incinerate it in modern waste-to-energy facilities. And more and more artists are taking advantage of marine debris in their work!
Check out Splash Trash on Instagram for over 200 artists making incredible art with marine debris worldwide!
Find the full story on my website at ejmillerfineart.com/sculpture/ghost-net-baskets.
Join the team to help support this project with materials, manpower, facilities or funding!
© 2020 Emily Miller fine art - Ocean-inspired artwork from Oregon & Kauai.