Jilly Evans, artist and Box Office Supervisor at Turner Sims, exhibits ‘Wave’ at Southampton Boat Show

Wave by Jilly Evans

Plastic, wood and metal
1703cms x 1703cms x 88cms

Wave is the result of a collaboration between the University of Southampton, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Turner Sims. The idea evolved over a pot of tea shared between Moira MacLean (UoS) and Jilly Evans, when they discussed how to artistically display the plethora of marine plastic litter that had been fished out of the water in Empress Dock, home of the Research Vessel Callista, during spring 2018.

Wave’s intention is to highlight the vast quantities of non-biodegradable plastic currently in the world’s oceans, which is not going to disappear. Once it’s reached the sea there is nowhere else for it to go. The idea of re-purposing out of date brochures and flyers from Turner Sims, by inviting people to turn them into origami boats, write pledges on them and then float them on Wave, is to encourage us all to think positively about what we can do to reduce our use of plastic rather than be overwhelmed by it.

Jilly Evans graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2002 with a degree in Fine Art. She was recently one of the artists in residence at God’s House Tower (a medieval building not far from the School of Ocean and Earth Science) working on the Arts Council funded project GHT-a reincarnation. Her practice uses Craft to make Art to provoke Thought, instead of fabric, thread and yarn, her usual medium, she has used chicken wire, plastic and wood to make this installation. As well as working as a visual artist from her studio at the Arches in Southampton she also works at Turner Sims, where she runs the Box Office for the University’s renowned concert hall and also curates regular exhibitions in the foyer.

Wave is now installed in the Ocean & Earth Sciences marquee at the Southampton Boat Show until Sunday 23 September. 

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