Drift-line Debris - deconstructed Clonea Strand

Lyn Mather's piece at Omni Hive was an installation based on the steps leading up to the first floor. It consisted of jetsam collected on Clonea East Strand, Co. Waterford, gathered on the high tide drift-line within a relatively short time.

Drift-line Debris - deconstructed clonea strand (detail)

Short Artist Statement:
As an artist concerned with environment and ecology, I am interested in depicting the human cultural impact on life and the kind of landscapes and eco-systems we create and contribute to. Often this includes looking at the processes of nature in relation to cultural expression unfolding in time. My work is concerned with giving nature a voice or showing human cultural forms where they converge and form a collective layer with what was once pristine nature. 

Drift-line Debris portrays a collection of lost and abandoned plastic roping, netting and washed up blue gloves once used in the nearby oyster trade. On the steps, individual objects and organisms are displayed as found - some are to various degrees damaged and decomposed as the tide of time is processing all of these back into the sand and sea. 

Whilst all of this debris washes up on a strand on a high tide line between the sea and land bank, the drift-line that we often walk along in hope of discovery perhaps, this installation of objects are portrayed in circles of sand to highlight that each of these pieces have their own story to tell.   

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