"Swell" Alexis Oltmer October 31 - November 6, 2021
Artist Statement: Plastic Pollution is a relic of both industry and the commodities of consumerism, beginning superficially, ending often far from its creation and transformed into something far more sinister. Swell visualizes the natural occurrence of lake and ocean swells, constructed with the plastic pollution of the capitalocene. Swells can traverse thousands of miles before their lifecycles come to crested completion. Plastic turned pollution effects every environment it invades in its journey from commodity to trash, and can take hundreds to thousands of years to breakdown. As a swell gathers and overcomes the spaces it occupies, so do our commodities, purposefully or not, until the force is insurmountable. Plastic Pollution is only one of many issues we face as a species in combating climate change. It is an issue which highlights the corporate powers waste and their propagandizing of pushing environmental responsibility to individuals rather than themselves. In order to reject extinction we must first begin to question consumerism.