Lucianna Faraone Coccia
Using real waste collected from beaches, Lucianna’s art shows us the impacts of how plastic travels and is filling our oceans and land. It makes visible the issues of microplastics, caused by the breakdown of plastic pollution from big plastic producing corporations. Microplastic pollution is everywhere including “in our food from fish directly eating it to the water we grow plants with".
The image of a lobster caught in a fishing net connects to us on a deeply emotional level, revealing how devastating current environmental issues are.
It reminds us that we live on an interconnected planet, where large corporations driven for profit rather than sustainability have serious consequences for other life. Plastic pollution, like climate change, shows that these environmental issues are global. Yet, some places will experience the effects more severely than others.
It seems too that we, like the lobster’s fate, are trapped in our current situation with pessimistic statistics and doomsday scenarios about the future of the planet. Lucianna subverts this by demonstrating the power of reusing waste to make art, creating conversations and connections, giving us energy to make big plastic producing companies accountable.
About the artist
Hello! I’m Lucianna, I am a mixed media trash artist based in Los Angeles, from Rhode Island. I make art from trash I find in public, highlighting the issues of societal consumerism, pollution, and elitism in the art world.
How does this piece express intersectionality?
Lucianna’s piece explores the knock-on effects that decisions of consumption have on the planet and other people’s lives. Pollution, in the form of greenhouse gases as well as plastics, results from the overconsumption and unmindful choices of richer companies yet its impacts affect the poorest communities of the world the most. Therefore, Lucianna believes we need to focus on addressing the issues of large companies who produce plastic for profit.
Linking pollution to wider issues of climate change, it is clear that richer populations through overconsumption have also contributed to Global Heating and environmental damage. Yet, those living in the Global South will be most impacted with fewer resources and finances to deal with extreme weather and temperatures. Also showing us, these issues go beyond the individual and need international policy and activism to pressure structural changes.
How can you act?
Find out more about microplastic pollution here
Do research on which large companies produce plastic for profit and how we can hold them accountable
Discover more about how we can redistribute resources and create structural changes
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