"Stagnant" is a poignant sculpture, part of a series of work exploring uninhabited spaces and nature's enduring persistence. In this piece, secondhand teacups and saucers are artfully stacked, hinting at bygone gatherings and the passage of time. One cup lies fractured, a reminder of the absence of hands to mend it. Yet, from this scene of abandonment emerges a vivid tableau of life. The moss, meticulously handcrafted using excess yarn and fibres, creeps and sprawls with organic abandon. Each stitch captures nature's silent reclamation, reminding viewers of the delicate balance between human activity and the environment.
'There's plenty of plastic in the sea' is a vibrant piece 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.
Plastic Tsunami' is a miniature sculpture by Lorna Ellen, ingeniously crafted from a single waste plastic bottle that has been dyed and transformed using heat. The piece was prominently featured in the Dolls House Art Gallery's exhibition 'In a New Light', which coincided with the 2023 Barnaby Festival's theme. Through 'Plastic Tsunami', Lorna aims to highlight the pervasive issue of plastic pollution in our oceans, hoping to stir awareness and inspire action for cleaner and healthier marine ecosystems.
REMAINS | 2023
'Remains' is a sculpture crafted primarily from waste cardboard packaging, representing a tree stump to underscore the consequences of human overconsumption and deforestation. The artwork invites viewers to reflect on their relationship with consumption and waste, using the ubiquitous material of cardboard to emphasize the importance of creative reuse. The tree stump symbolizes the loss of biodiversity and habitat destruction resulting from our actions.
Titled 'The Sea Runs Red,' this crochet-based sculpture 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.
Crafted from excess and waste materials, including metal and yarn, Lorna Ellen's striking sculpture 'Wasted Cities' highlights nature's transformative power and potential for regeneration in devastated environments. Inspired by the re-wilding process in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the artwork prompts viewers to contemplate their impact on the environment and envision a more sustainable future, even in polluted urban spaces.
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