Post-Ouroboros (death by plastic) – 2014 -2015
ocean plastic from Kefalonia, steel wire and mesh constructed by Pam Longobardi, Susan Knippenberg, Lauren Peterson, Krista Clark, Tori Tinsley, and Wesley Terpstra with Dianna Cohen.
This sculpture, originally entitled Ouroboros, was created for exhibition at the Ionion Center for the launch of Cohen and Longobardi’s ‘Plastic Free Island.’
As an image that exists in nature as well as mythology, it was the basis for the envisoning of the structure of the carbon molecule as a spinning snake devouring its own tail. Real snakes in captivity, when under deep stress will also eat their own tails. As it has transformed for the exhibition here, the snake has died, and is held up as a trophy skin, similar to the taxidermy animal specimens of the Goulandris Museum collection.