(Trap)estry is a body of work that I created between 2010-2012 while living in New Bedford, MA. I was especially drawn to materials I found washed up on beaches in and around New Bedford, The Cape, The Islands, and other parts of coastal New England. I collected bits of rope, fishing nets, solid waste garbage and the remains of sea creatures. I also collected seaweed, which I added to handmade paper.
The environment in which we live is not permanent, yet so often it is treated as if it will continue to exist as is for eternity. Environmental negligence may be the greatest loss of all. The reality is that the way that humans live has a grave effect on the environment and the many creatures that it supports. In this series I explore the impact that humans have on the coastal environment and the oceans through pollution and the commercial fishing industry.