Think Plastic: Materials & Making

In 2019 I was one of four artists invited to take part in an amazing project which brought us together with scientists from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh to experiment with the possibilities of transferring sustainable, recyclable and environmentally responsible plastics from the laboratory into artworks. I worked with many different laboratory plastics as well as a long forgotten “natural plastic” Gutta percha, a latex produced by the tropical tree species Palaquium gutta and a key research focus for RBGE. After working with clay for so many years, using completely new materials took me right out of my comfort zone and presented me with a whole new way of thinking about my practice. The exhibition, Think Plastics: Materials and Making, opened in January 2020 at the John Hope Gateway, RBGE to show the resulting artwork.
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