The Crime of Willful Neglect (for BP), 2014. 84” x 138” x 6”
429 pieces of vagrant oceanic plastic from Greece, Hawaii, Costa Rica and the Gulf of Mexico
Black plastic is the most ubiquitous and least recyclable type of plastic. It reveals its origins in oil. Petroleum companies go to more extreme lengths to extract the last remaining drops of oil from miles underneath the ocean and under former Arctic ice at the same time that the world ocean is plagued by discarded plastic. Plastic objects are the cultural archeology of our time, a future storehouse of oil, and the future fossils of the Anthropocene. The Deep Water Horizon Disaster is a crime that has not seen full justice and whose future long term damage continues to unfold.