Ocean’s Beauty and Plastic Reality is an upcoming exhibition at the Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery inspired by the effects of waste on the ocean and marine life within the region.
Local artist Roslyn Hamilton has created the exhibition with the region’s turtles in mind, which will be on display from Saturday, 5 March until Wednesday, 30 March.
This is Roslyn’s first solo exhibition since graduating with a Fine Art’s Degree from Curtin University.
Roslyn is a sculptor, fibre artist, and storyteller, using a variety of medium who believes, if a viewer stops and reflects for a moment, then she has succeeded as an artist.
This display visually shows underwater creatures existing in 70 per cent of the world’s oceans and their fight for life amongst the plastics thrown away by humans.
Her exhibition, Ocean’s Beauty and Plastic Reality, is about the amount of rubbish finding its way into waterways.
“A lot of it does get into the ocean,” Roslyn said.
“I decided seeing as we have Mon Repos not far from Bundaberg with the turtles that I would use these as inspiration.”
The exhibition is made up of multiple installations which include sculptures.
“I use a pulping technique and use plants, paper, or cardboard and then I dry it out and make a sculpture,” she said.
“For this exhibition I have made a loggerhead turtle exactly to the size the loggerhead turtles are as well as a number of plates that explain what these animals have to go through with plastics in the ecosystem.
“I also did plates and on them I explained to them what they have to go through with all the plastics and everything in the ocean.
“Another installation is one where I have used a five metre fishing net and made 80 ocean creature sculptures that will be hooked throughout the net.”
Roslyn said the aim of her exhibition was to educate people about the amount of waste in our oceans and waterways and encourage them to recycle correctly.
“It basically educates people to think about the ocean and the ocean is 70 per cent of the planet and we need to be environmentally friendly,” she said.
The exhibition’s official opening will be at 2 pm on Saturday, 5 March with the opportunity to meet Roslyn and enjoy a relaxed afternoon including light refreshments to be served.
Ocean’s Beauty and Plastic Reality will be on display at the Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery for the month of March from Saturday 5 March to Wednesday 30 March 2022.
Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery is located at 80a Mulgrave Street, Gin Gin (next to Police Station) with normal opening hours Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.
Admission to the gallery is free. Disabled Access to the Gallery and amenities are available.
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