Lymington embracing environmental art at the Coastal Gallery.

Art in the Environment: Water, Plastic and You!

An interview by Coastal Gallery with environmental artist Trudi Lloyd Williams MA (dist), Ad Nat Dip, Cert Ed FE

Coastal Gallery, Lymington invited Trudi to showcase her magnificent Jellytastic 'chandeliers' in the windows of the gallery, and they have caused quite a stir! These are unique statement structures, created from plastic bottles and other materials, and they subtly engage the viewer to really examine the relationship between plastic waste and the environment.

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When it comes to influencers, inventors, architectural challenges, and social statements, art has always been at the forefront of what shifts perceptions and world views. It's a powerful medium and can help direct positive messages across all strata of society. None more so than the work of artist Trudi Lloyds Williams's touring marine project 'Jellytastic', which she created with the Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust on the theme of plastic marine pollution and jellyfish.

 

 

Trudi's studio is at Art Sway, Lymington, where we met to talk about the Jellitastic project. I asked her where the inspiration for this project came from, and what she hopes the outcome and reaction will be to this body of work by those who have viewed it:

" Jellytastic was a continuation of my passion around water, which started many, many years ago, while I was at Chelsea College of Arts completing my Master's degree, where I learnt more about water, and it gradually infiltrated into my work. Water became my muse in a way, and I care passionately about it."

"We take water for granted in the West, we can access clean water whenever we want and we don't seem to be aware of how important it is. In most parts of the world people don't have that privilege, they have to hike for miles to get their water, which is often contaminated. The contamination is mainly caused by us, in the West, and I think we have to learn to be responsible for our actions by understanding that what we put into the water has an impact on other people, other nations. Over the years I have made the connections and joined the dots; I am now fully aware that whatever we put down our sink will lead to the stream, that will go out to the estuary, which will go out into the seas."

"I've been working with plastics for about three years, and the opportunity arose to work with the Wildlife Trust who are desperately trying to get support for the marine environment, and they wanted to use an artist to create awareness, engaging people in a creative way, so I created the project Jellytastic for the Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. I focused on plastic marine pollution. particularly plastic bottles, and made a connection with jellyfish populations and pollution"

"Jellyfish are almost mythical creatures, and they are intrinsically beautiful, almost out of this world, so from an aesthetic point of view they are very inspirational, but they also have a very interesting position in the marine environment in that they are becoming more and more common as they are great survivors of polluted waters. Jellyfish are quite pertinent as they tell us a lot about the state of the oceans, global warming and pollution, so that was really how my idea behind Jellytastic evolved."

"This project is just the beginning, Jellytastic will be developed further, and I feel there is a big leap ahead."

This year Jellytastic has toured along waterways, and the South coast, and has been engaging audiences from all sections of the community, from school children to passers-by, to environmentalists and other artists. It enjoyed a spell down at Lymington's salt water baths as well, where hundreds of people viewed it, debated it and really got involved in the subject of plastics and pollution. As far as raising awareness goes, this project has done great things, which goes to prove the point that art is one of the best mediums to convey important social messages around the world.

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If you would like to learn more about Trudi's work, please visit the Coastal Gallery where you can see Jellytastic up close, or i
f you fancy a bespoke chandelier as a statement piece in your home or office, contact the gallery where either Stewart Mechem or Bev Saunders will be happy to discuss your requirements.

For further information contact Stewart Mechem or Bev Saunders at:

Coastal Gallery, 4 Southampton Road , Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9GG

Tel: 01590 680000

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Web: www.coastal-gallery.co.uk

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