Plastiglomerate and pryoplastics are ocean plastic debris that has been fused, by fire, with natural materials such as ocean rocks, sand and wood. While plasticrust are formed when waves smash ocean plastic debris onto intertidal rocks, causing a residue layer of plastic to be wedged onto rocky surfaces. These plastic-rocks are now considered by social scientists and geologists to be a potential marker of the Anthropocene, a proposed geological timescale that dates from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems, based on deposited rock and sediment layers.
I was fascinated with these recent discoveries and they reminded me that "the quarantines of matter and life encourage us to ignore the vitality of matter and the lively powers of material formations" - a quote from Jane Bennett's book Vibrant Matter where she discusses the recognizing the active roles of nonhuman forces in events. I wanted to see what kind of 'rock-matter' could be produced by the active participation of my own, and what it means. A collection of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste were collected and fused by heat to produce this exploratory work on plastic waste.