Artist Finds Beauty In Surprising Subject: Plastic Bags

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Sea of Expansion Julie Brookman plastic bag photo
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Sometimes artists unlock the unseen, the momentary bloom of a flower on a mountaintop that we will never reach. Other times the subject is all around us, yet unseen as we turn our collective head, as if to deny our complicity.

"While living in Southeast Asia, my anticipation of an untouched and unchanging paradise was interrupted by a disturbing amount of trash" says Brookman. "Locals had dumped refuse into the harbor for generations, but what was once organic matter is now plastic."

Sea of Expansion. Photo: Julie Brookman