All of the materials used in artist, Jo Atherton’s work have been found on the tideline. In her weaving, printing and writing, she is inspired by the stories these orphaned objects have to tell. Her work highlights the diversity of plastic items washing ashore and how the ubiquity of this material characterises the geological age of human influence – the Anthropocene.
The sea curates orphaned objects and presents them to the shore; a temporary narrative replenished with each changing tide. Like the pottery archaeologists use to define human cultures of the past, a layer of plastic will signify our own throwaway society. What will these discarded fragments say about us?