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Omisade Amy Gerhauser

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San Angelo, TX 76904, U.S.A.
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URL: omisadeamygerhauser@blogspot.com

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The Pacific Gyre Series deals with issue of plastic debris in the ocean; pre- and post-consumer plastic waste breaks down into small pieces and is indefinitely trapped in swirling oceanic currents (gyres.) The plastic is consumed by marine animals such as the Albatross, who starve due to the indigestibility of plastic.

Becoming aware of this environmental problem has caused me to pay attention to the amount of plastic that flows through my household (as well as avoid buying it whenever possible.) I started saving plastic bottle caps as a way to make visible our pattern of consumption and incidental waste and the ever-growing pile is disheartening. In addition to bottle caps these works include fragments of an Albatross skeleton, references to Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and a map of the Northern Pacific Ocean.

Whether making sculpture, installations, or drawings, this body of work always involves the combining of many small parts or images into a larger whole. Mold- making, casting, arranging objects, crocheting wire, and drawing using stencils are repetitive techniques that make accumulative forms and images possible. The process of this work not only mirrors the slow, continual increase of the environmental tragedy but is also for me a physical manifestation of penance, meditation on loss, and hope for a solution.