Anthropocene Prints

The circular composition of my prints mimic the microscopic marine world seen by those researching the effects of microplastics in our fragile oceans, bringing into focus human impacts at both a minuscule and planetary level. Central to my work is an exploration of how the ubiquity of plastic characterises the geological age of human influence – the Anthropocene.

Millions of years ago, fuelled by sunlight, marine plankton flourished and then settled on the ocean floor, slowly transforming into oil. This same oil is used to quickly produce the endless plastic objects that dominate the everyday. When inked and printed, plastic flotsam fragments bear a stark resemblance to the rich diversity of microscopic marine life – a worrying and ironic connection to a beautiful natural process.

Anthropocene (2016) Jo Atherton
Anthropocene (2016) Jo Atherton

One of 100 unique prints comprising ’High Water Mark’ created during a two week residency at Brisons Veor,  Cornwall, 2016

Smithereens (2016) Jo Atherton
Anthropocene printing (2016) Jo Atherton
Reading the tideline (2016) Jo Atherton
%d bloggers like this: