Bring Ghost Net Landscape to your community!

I'm currently seeking partnerships to travel the project to new locations around the world. Click here to learn more about hosting an exhibit!

We live on an ocean planet.

97% of Earth's water is found in our oceans: vast expanses stretching across nearly three-quarters of the world. Our deep, shared connection to the ocean is not always obvious in daily life, even though 80% of humans live within a day's drive of the coast. But half the oxygen breathed by all living beings is generated from the sea. One third of humanity relies on fish to sustain themselves.

The health and vitality of our planet's oceans is absolutely essential to our own, personal, ability to thrive.

The Ghost Net Landscape interactive installation is a call to action that begins with what we have: a massive supply of reclaimed fishing gear, from "ghost net" lost at sea to responsibly retired material from commercial fisheries. Ghost net is one of the most abundant and dangerous sources of plastic marine debris in our oceans. This is the exhibit's jumping-off point for imagining radical hope, creating positive transformation and engaging collaborative creativity.

Ghost Net Landscape is an art installation and performance, inviting the community to collaborate by transforming fishing rope waste into artwork. Join me (artist Emily Miller) for this traveling art installation with 1,000+ pounds of reclaimed fishing gear. I'll be working in the exhibit space as artist-in-residence, making baskets on my sewing machine and inviting everyone to participate in transforming this marine debris into art!

Ghost Net Landscape is about transformation.

The project’s mission is to create space where positive transformation is a natural and joyful response. Each exhibit is uniquely shaped into a space for healing and regeneration through abundance, collaboration, creativity, and play.

The presentation of raw materials speaks to the global magnitude and complexity of this issue. Ghost Net Landscape is a sanctuary and a prayer, not located outside the issue as a place to escape, but rather completely created from it. Ghost Net Landscape uses the materials themselves to ask what each of us will create, how each of us will transform and grow in a shared and joyful collaboration towards a more sustainable and equitable future.

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"Loved the interactive experience."
"It was a truly uplifting time for me. I felt accepted as a fellow artist, even tho my creations were of a simple 'folksy' nature."
"I knew the learning objectives we discussed would be good. But I also really like the way it was just a lot of fun and it was a good de-stressing opportunity at the end."
"It was a fun and enlightening experience to explore your work, all of the creative designs, artistic fish, and insightful conversations."
"It was absolutely stunning and so fun to independently interact with the materials."
"It inspired me to think more broadly about ways we can respond to environmental and other issues—through art."
"There were deep ethical issues for which this was perfect. We are still discussing the project every day in class."
"It was really valuable to see someone shedding light on this issue as well as hope"
"Seeing the net as treasure rather than trash leaves an impression not quickly forgotten."
"The idea of using the nets for projects for both artistic and practical purposes was incredibly inspirational as well as rewarding, knowing that I was helping the environment by repurposing."
"I think the most valuable part of the project to me was the change in mindset. We should be looking at problems more as opportunities than issues."
"It was fun to share with my friends and family! I love that it could be fun for all ages to participate in."
"This project is actively placing the power to create change in the hands of those who experience it."

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!

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"...a modern, ecological twist on Rumpelstiltskin’s alchemy of spinning straw into gold..."
"...the Ghost Net Landscape Installation has had an inspiring ripple effect throughout the local creative community..."

© 2021 Emily Miller fine art - Ocean-inspired artwork from Oregon & Kauai.