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PiA First Workshop, January 14th 2015

As mentioned previously, I struggled with the idea of presenting my thesis project as a finished exhibition. I wanted to allow people to think through materials, actions and intentions, with no set outcome other than a re-engagement with waste plastic. Forming a community and starting a conversation about recycling practices and the problems associated with plastic were also a main focus of my research, so I needed to think of something that did these things and still allowed people to have fun with it. I decided early on that workshops would be the best way to go about achieving this.

The first workshop for Polymers in Action took place in OCAD U’s Grad studies building and I’m happy to say that it was attended by a range of students and members of the public. I started off with a short presentation of the issues associated with plastics in the environment and a quick look at Project Vortex associated artists and their socially and educationally focussed projects that address these problems. I encouraged an open dialog and was really pleased that so many people were interested in knowing more about local recycling practices and where our waste materials go after we put them in the blue bins.

After our conversation, we all started making stuff! It turned out to be a really fun event, with many people creating some excellent work from the collected plastic. The images below show the creative approaches that everyone took and conveys a small sense of the atmosphere. You really did have to be there… Next time?

Work in Progress by Geneviève Wallen

Plastic Bug by Tom Doughty

Untitled by Cyril Williams

Flower Arrangement by Victoria Mohr-Blakeney and Erin Saunders

Plastic Spiral by Ana Jofre

Something by Nathan Piquette Miller

Plastic Bug and Flower Arrangement

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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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