Date(s) - 20/09/2019 - 26/01/2020
Royal Hibernian Academy
In this exhibition, Micro Vs. Macro, SUBSET brings awareness to our selective blindness and the impact human actions have on the environment. They have examined several materials on a microscopic level to force a consideration with the cycle of creation and consumption. Through a presentation of microplastics, the audience is dwarfed with this imagery. The main artwork destabilizes the preconception that humans have control over what we create.
The extent of the damage is unknown, microplastics are plastic fragments that are less than 5mm in length. Trillions of shards of plastic litter the earth from the degradation of our industrial and personal usage of the material. It is so easy to forget all the instances that we discard plastic on a daily basis. Plastic was invented 112 years ago and in that short amount of time, it has become ubiquitous. Through the artworks, SUBSET underlines the risk of losing awareness of plastic altogether because of its universality.
Plastic is no longer just in nature, but it has become a part of it, percolating down to the nano-sphere. It is cheap and easy to make but nearly impossible to remove. We cannot become desensitised to how deep it leaches biodiversity and life out of the environment.
With the series Micro vs. Macro, the viewer is brought into a world that is at risk of being overlooked. Regardless of our awareness, plastic is going to choke the earth if our habits remain unchanged.