Mary Ellen Croteau

Jia, Uppsala (2015)
plastic bottle caps on foam board – 29 x 39 inches

The explosion in the use of plastic on this fragile planet in the last few decades frightens me. It is made from petroleum, so basically, we go to war, kill people, to have more bags and bottles to throw away.

My work with plastic is intended to make this waste visible and make the connection between our throw-away culture and our responsibility to the earth.  Single-serve plastic bottles are the worst of the worst and should be assiduously avoided. Excessive packaging comes next. We need to rethink our needs and our desires if we are going to save this planet.