Plastiorganica. A work in progress.
It is sadly true, we have created so much plastic waste that our age of human existence will be known by this new type of fossilised rock made partly of plastic. It has been named plastiglomerate. It is formed when plastic is burned and the gloopy, oily chemical mix that is left seeps into and mixes with sand, sediment, coral, shells; whatever is below it, creating solid lumps of rock.
Some scientists seem to be quite excited about the idea that far into the future this will be a distinct marker of the Anthropocene, but I really don’t see anything to be proud of here at all. The idea that when geologists examine the side of a cliff and look at the thin bands of colour and texture to get an understanding of the world when that layer was created is fascinating, but to think that we will be recognised by the band of plastic rubbish is just so damn sad.
In the oceans things aren’t fairing much better, it has now been noted that planktons are ingesting microplastics. Plankton; the tiny creatures that provide the world with half its oxygen supply. There is plastic in the food chain and we are all ingesting it one way or another. How will this play out? What follows plastiglomerate? Will it be plastiorganica, plasticplankton, plastimammals?
I am creating an installation that is a play on this idea. It is an imaginary fossil found thousands or millions of years in the future. The fossil of an organic creature with a plastic backbone. What it looked like or how it lived we can only imagine.