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Polymers in Action: Expanding a Community of Eco-art Practitioners

Yesterday I ran the first of two workshops I have planned as the practical component of my thesis research project. My project is called Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment, and it’s intended to be a launchpad for an online community of artists employing waste plastics in their practice. I have to admit to some initial uneasiness with the idea of an open-ended exhibition platform, but I am gaining confidence in the possibilities this experience is opening up for me and others involved. The event went off really smoothly, and I’m pleased at the positive responses from everyone who attended. The art ranged from whacky to lovely, but everything came out extremely well and the general consensus is that it was fun to be there! All artwork will be exhibited on an upcoming website that completes the practical component of my research, but for now, here an image of a lovely bouquet of flowers made by two of my colleagues from my grad program.

Plastic Flower bouquet, made from waste plastic materials by Victoria Mohr-Blakeney and Erin Saunders.

Plastic Flower bouquet, made from waste plastic materials by Victoria Mohr-Blakeney and Erin Saunders.

The next workshop will take place on Saturday 17th of January, and participants can register for the event on Eventbrite. Spaces are very limited, but if there is enough interest, I will look into building on this model and implementing it off campus at a later date. Maybe after thesis defence…

I have begun work on the website, and will be publishing information on its launch closer to March. It will include images of the making process and objects made, as well as being a site that any workshop participants can update regularly with their related work.


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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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