This series of illustrations was inspired by my childhood– playing on beaches in Hong Kong, which were often knee deep in plastic pollution.
Sea birds, whales, turtles, seals and sea-lions are all victims of eating plastic – suffocating, choking to death, or dying from blocked digestive systems. A recent study shows that humans are also indirectly affected. Small creature like sand-hoppers, barnacles and lugworms have also been found to have ingested tiny fragments of plastic, some of which are microscopic, thinner than a strand of hair. Apart from the physical damage these particles cause, they may also transfer toxic chemicals to creatures at the base of the marine food web – working their way up the food chain and on to our plates.
After reading about the ingestion of plastics, I began looking at x-rays and anatomical drawings of sea creatures, which lead me to experiment with photograms – I wanted to communicate the idea that the creatures were turning into plastic, so created sea creature and bottle hybrids.