MINI MACC | 2023
Mini Macc is an innovative installation led by IDST! Arts, brought to life through the collaboration of local residents and fellow artists, for display inside Macclesfield Town Council's #01625Gallery - two listed K6 phone boxes. Over the course of seven weekly sessions, 17 participants used a variety of upcycled items and materials to create miniature replicas of local landmarks. The conception, planning, and execution of the installation were masterfully led by Lorna Ellen and Lucie Fitzpatrick, resulting in a dynamic and engaging display that symbolizes both the community and heritage of this northern town.
FOREST OF THE FUTURE (DESTROYED) | 2023
'Forest of the Future (Destroyed)' is a powerful video in which Lorna Ellen demolishes the original 'Forest of the Future' installation. The act symbolizes humanity's destructive power and the devastation of Earth's habitats due to greed and consumption. By destroying the artwork, Lorna aims to evoke strong emotions and emphasize the potential consequences of environmental protection efforts being undermined by large corporations and political ignorance.
THERE’S PLENTY OF PLASTIC IN THE SEA | 2023
'There's plenty of plastic in the sea' is a striking installation by Lorna Ellen that uses waste materials to address ocean plastic pollution. The artwork features a large jellyfish made from plastic bottles and crisp packets, emphasizing the beauty of marine life and the harmful effects of plastic waste. Lorna's work encourages viewers to reconsider their relationship with plastic and recognize their responsibility to reduce consumption for a sustainable future.
DANES MOSS | 2022
This enchanting artwork by Lorna Ellen is meticulously crafted from waste packaging materials and felt, titled 'Danes Moss'. Inspired by the vibrant fungi flourishing in the South Macclesfield Development Area, the piece brings attention to the vital Save Danes Moss campaign. By transforming discarded materials into a captivating representation of the region's unique fungal ecosystem, Lorna underscores the importance of preserving and protecting this delicate habitat.
THE SEA RUNS RED | 2022
Titled 'The Sea Runs Red,' this crochet-based installation confronts the controversial annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, by visualizing the number of dolphins captured or killed during the 2020-2021 hunting seasons. The artwork serves as a stark reminder of the impact of human activities on marine life, highlighting the staggering loss of 1,814 dolphins' lives or freedom between September 2020 and March 2023. Through this thought-provoking piece, Lorna emphasizes the urgent need for action to protect our oceans and their inhabitants.
FOREST OF THE FUTURE | 2021
'Forest of the Future' is an evocative installation by Lorna Ellen, crafted from waste plastic bottles and wire coat hangers. Displayed at Crewe's Lumen Lite festival in 2021, the artwork prompts viewers to reflect on the significance of planting trees in combating climate change and deforestation. The installation seeks to establish a deeper connection between people and nature, with a focus on engaging the next generation, while reminding us of our responsibility to protect the planet for future generations.
PAPER FORESTS | 2015
Crafted from newspaper, ink, wax, and fabric, a thought-provoking artwork titled 'Paper Forests' by Lorna Ellen takes shape in the form of a tree trunk. Embedded within the piece are key facts about deforestation and images of wildlife species that are severely affected. The creative use of everyday materials connects the artwork to the very resources being depleted, emphasizing the devastating consequences of deforestation.