Laura Callaghan Art

Our Plastic Seas II


My daily dog walks are always at our local beaches across East Sussex. At low tide, particularly after a stormy night, and especially at spring tide a couple of days after the full and new moons (where the tides have the highest rises and lowest falls of the month), there‘s treasure to be found on the shoreline. Amongst the mermaid‘s purses, cuttlebones and whelk egg cases, you can also find a huge amount of ghost gear (discarded fishing nets) and hard plastic fragments. Some may have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles. Faced with the overwhelming amount of these fragments, I saw an opportunity to repurpose them as substrates for my art, creating painted seas on them. My goal was to depict 'seas of plastic,' a stark reflection of what our oceans could become if don’t change our behaviours. The resulting assemblage transforms discarded plastic into art acting as a visual appeal and call to action against plastic pollution. By transforming litter into painterly sea vignettes, I hope to instill hope as well as urgency in the call to protect and preserve our oceans. This process symbolizes our choice to love and safeguard these vital ecosystems, highlighting the potential for transformation even in the face of environmental challenges.

About Our Plastic Seas II

  • Seascapes

Sizing H   25cm W   25cm

  • Acrylic paint
  • Plastic debris and plastic fragments found on East Sussex beaches
  • Glass

Delivery and ordering

Ships to: UK and worldwide. International delivery varies. The shipping amount shown at checkout covers some of the cost and I can very likely cover the rest! (there may be odd occasions where I need to message you about this). Please send me an email if you would like me to check in advance. If you are near to Brighton (UK) I will personally deliver it for free.