Clean up and create art
By Cornish Guardian | Posted: January 29, 2015
THE saying goes that one person’s trash is another’s treasure and that
is certainly the case with a new exhibition opening taking place on
Monday at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
Stranded features the work of artist Joanna Atherton, who creates
colourful tapestries from fishing line, netting, rope and other
unexpected items left washed up on our beaches by the great ocean currents.
Joanna’s weavings command a closer look. The orphaned objects, a
miniscule fraction of the millions of tonnes of marine litter that enter
our seas every year, are rescued and gathered together to tell new stories.
“I don’t know whether an obsessive personality is a prerequisite of the
diligent beachcomber, or if I am stirring up something much older; a
primeval instinct from our hunter gatherer days,” said Joanna.
“Either way, I am leaving the beach a little bit cleaner as a result of
my flotsam weaving.”