Excess - Andrea Collisson - Marine debris; thongs and other plasticised footwear, fishing line and remnant fishing line 

Andrea Collisson


Marine debris; thongs and other plasticised footwear, fishing line and remnant fishing line

300 x 620 x 15 cm

Image courtesy of the Artist

About the Work

Excess is a large, freestanding wall of ~4300 stacked, plastic footwear, washed ashore in FNQ over the course of a year. I collected ~85% of it myself.

Marine debris, thongs especially, are a sign and symptom of over-population.  Humans, numbering >7.85 Billion, are so disproportionately numerous that everything we do brings an existential threat to wildlife and causes evermore unspeakable suffering. Annually, one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed from marine plastic.  On land, wild animals die from land clearing, bushfires; smuggling, poaching, hunting; large scale farming; predation from feral and domestic animals, and speeding vehicles.  Governments, stuck on population growth to meet social and economic desires, justify development, and encourage consumption, leading to more waste than we can manage.

My wall is like a billboard, calling everyone to take more responsibility for environmental problems. We are all implicated in the causes, and therefore should apply ourselves to prevention and solutions however we can.

About the Artist

Andrea Collisson is an emerging artist from Far North Queensland, with a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts through Sydney College of the Arts. Andrea works almost exclusively with marine debris and has developed a zero waste policy for her practice. Responding to local, regional and global environmental issues, Andrea exhibits her work in The Call of the Running Tide Art Festival in Port Douglas.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Douglas Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.