Dozens of collaborators co-create the Ghost Net Landscape, facilitated by artist-in-residence Emily Miller. Participants are invited to envision and lead their own original projects within the installation, using the materials on hand and exhibiting their work in the space as shared inspiration. In a blossoming of creativity across all disciplines, contributions have included scripted performances, music, set design, costume design and wearable art, video art, photography, writing, weaving and knitting, functional design, cultural celebrations, and facilitated group play. Many ideas sparked further collaboration, and inspired new projects.

A selection of contributing artists and their projects are featured below.

Participant Projects

Ghost Net baskets by Emily Miller

Functional Design: Stitched Baskets

Created by Emily Miller.

Emily stitches baskets on her sewing machine as her daily artist-in-residence performance during each exhibit.

Group Project: Ghost Net Fishes

Envisioned by artist-in-residence Emily Miller and executed by 200+ collaborators.

Emily coordinated 200+ collaborators to create hundreds of unique fishes as part of the Ghost Net Landscape exhibit at Cawein Gallery.

Performance: Hold More (Opening Ceremony)

Choreography and scripting by Elise Dixon. Performance by Katherine Beem, Elise Dixon, SF-Dura, and Emily Miller. Costume design by Lucretia Hatfield. Sound and set design by SF-Dura.

Elise Dixon envisioned and coordinated the opening performance at Elisabeth Jones Art Center. Fragments of text from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson were incorporated into an evocative performance by two costumed ocean spirits, a modern citizen, and a fisherman.

Performance: I'm Still Here (Closing Ceremony)

Choreography, performance, audio by Victoria Perez.

The closing ceremony at Elisabeth Jones Art Center envisioned and executed by Victoria Perez centered on the struggle of ocean life to survive.

Video art by Shana Palmer

Video Art: I'm Still Here

Video and editing by Shana Palmer. Original performance by Victoria Perez.

Video artist Shana Palmer was inspired by the closing ceremony to create this art piece emphasizing the nets, lines, and movement of Victoria's performance.

Video Art / Functional Design: Timelapse Projection on Rainbow Rope Wall

Timelapse video and editing by Emily Miller. Projection concept and rainbow rope wall by Sabrina Spurlock.

Emily envisioned and edited a daily timelapse video on display in the exhibit at Cawein Gallery. Sabrina organized Emily's functional 'rope wall' of basket-stitching materials into a rainbow grid, and projected the timelapse video directly onto the materials.

Performance: Magical Mermaid Playshop

Special appearance by Una the Mermaid.

Local performer Una the Mermaid joined the Ghost Net Landscape as part of a special event, the Magical Mermaid Playshop, inviting participants to create their own crowns and adornment under the guidance of artist Lucretia Hatfield.

Costume Design: Hold More performance, ghost net crowns

Created by Lucretia Hatfield.

Lucretia envisioned and created the crowns, staffs, belts, and jewelry for two ocean spirit costumes used in the opening performance at Elisabeth Jones Art Center, and throughout the exhibits.

Costume Design: Lysistrata

Envisioned and created by Elizabeth Swetland with contributions from additional collaborators.

Elizabeth created props for the performance of Greek comedy 'Lysistrata' by a team of 11 actors.

Set Design: Ghost Net Landscape

Stage and workspace envisioned and constructed by SF-Dura.

SF-Dura brought their upcycled aesthetic to the construction of a performance stage and daily workspace for the exhibit at Elisabeth Jones Art Center.

Set Design: Dia de los Muertos

Altar envisioned and constructed by Hispanic Heritage Association at Pacific University.

Flower nets and sugar skulls were created in a group effort for this annual altar celebrating Dia de los Muertos.

Workshop / Wearable Art: Magical Mermaid Playshop

Envisioned and hosted by Lucretia Hatfield with contributions from additional collaborators.

Workshop / Functional Design: Net Bags

Workshop led by Jasmine Redgrave with contributions from Teva Needleman and additional collaborators.

Functional Design: Pet Toys

Benjamin Hole, Cindy Guzman-Rojas, various artists.

Scratching posts and tug toys were created by multiple collaborators for their pets.

Functional Design: Hammocks

Carin Long, various artists.

Several groups created and tested different variations of hammocks during the exhibit at Cawein Gallery.

Functional Design: Knitted Mat

Created by Lorely French.

Functional Design: Woven Mat

Created by Maggie Machado.

Art Object: Macrame Wall Hangings

Created by Maggie Machado.

Art Object: Woven Wall Hanging

Created by Linda Hendrickson & Torrey Carl.

Basket Sculptures by Shelby Silver

Art Object: Basket Sculptures

Created by Shelby Silver

Art Object: Basket Sculpture

Created by Anya Mayer

Art Object: Knot Sampler

Created by Philip Notaro

Wearable Art: Jewelry

Created by Lisa Light

Wearable Art: Necklace

Created by Jann Purdy

Wearable Art: Slippers

Artist name unknown

Artist List

Emily MillerEmily Miller

Project Leader

I have spent my life on the coast, and all my artwork has its roots in my love of the sea: from watercolor landscapes to functional ceramics, interactive installation, and more.

Katherine BeemKatherine M. Beem

Katherine is a multimedia artist who creates surreal, colorful pieces that reflect the world around her.

Shere ColemanShere Coleman

Shere Coleman is a builder of small worlds, a story artist in word and image as her work is informed by the long threads of oral storytelling, myth, and puppetry arts.

Elise DixonElise Dixon

Elise is a performer and theatre-maker fascinated by words, communication, collaboration, the ephemeral, the tangible, and the pursuit of social change.


SF-Dura work collaboratively and partner with various artists to design and build functional sets, stages, and landscapes crafted to fit specific art work.

Lucretia HatfieldLucretia Hatfield

Lucretia's love for nature inspires, and informs her art no matter what medium she works in.

Benjamin HoleBenjamin Hole

As an ethics professor, I see ghost nets as remnants of structurally wicked problems that ask us to exercise moral imaginations and discover creative solutions from our individual positions.

Lisa LightLisa Light

Lisa is an Oregon Coast artist whose passion is exploring more eco-friendly mediums, up-cycling and recycling materials, and transforming marine debris, such as sea glass into wearable art.

Carin LongCarin Long

Meditation, occupational therapy, and making products that I'll use.

Maggie MachadoMaggie Machado

Maggie has a lifetime experience of innovative and creative fiber arts, with a special interest in decorative knotwork, needlework, ply-splitting, and weaving of 4-selvage mats.

Anya MayerAnya Mayer

Inspired by simple basket-weaving, I imagined a coiled pot that would incorporate all the wonderful and surprising colors in the various ropes.

Philip NotaroPhilip Notaro

A series of knots that everyone would benefit from knowing.

Shana PalmerShana Palmer

Shana Palmer is an artist, curator, musician and performer whose works explore the mythical, uninhabitable and liminal spaces, blurring the lines between narrative and symbolic structures.

Shelby SilverShelby Silver

Ecological artist Shelby Silver couples self-taught impasto techniques and her background in fiber art with plastic marine debris she collects along the Oregon Coast.

Una the MermaidUna the Mermaid

Una the Mermaid is a traveling mermaid performer who uses her background in psychological development to inspire play and creative imagination in the young and young at heart all around the Pacific NW.


Wiley creates self-reflective works, with materials and methods associated with her childhood, in an effort to better understand how her lived experiences create and shape who she is.

© 2024 Emily Jung Miller fine art - Ocean-inspired artwork from Oregon & Kauai.