The installation, developed through public participation and made of more than 300 glass laboratory samples filled with micro-plastic, is an expression of collective protest against plastic pollution of marine waters. The spatial inscription “NÃO,” which in English translation means “NO” is the result of an action to clean local beaches of micro-plastic, organized by the author during a 3-week art residency in Ilhabela, Brasil. Educating through active environmental action, she included her 7-year-old daughter in the initiative, as well as teachers and students from Dr. Gabriel Ribiero dos Santos High School and volunteers from Instituto Baleia Jubarte.
Plastic collecting has two dimensions in the context of the project: real and metaphorical. On the one hand, it refers to the regular cleanup of selected beach areas, on the other hand, it is a kind of therapy that cleanses the thoughts and remorse of the collectors.…
Built with their involvement, the installation received support from local authorities (Prefeitura de Ilhabela, Secreteria de Meio Ambiente) and was finalized during the fourth week of the residency, on Pereque Beach on Ilhabella Island, Brazil. Its opening was accompanied by a lecture by Dr. Amanda Fernandez of the Instituto Argonauta para Conservacao Costeira e Marinha entitled. “Talk to Biology “dedicated to the threats posed by plastic in the marine environment to animals, plants and biodiversity.
Project completed in 2022 as part of the Artist & Researchers Residency program at Casa Na Ilha in Ilhabela, Brazil