Duncan Mackay

United Kingdom

Sculpture, Plastic on Plastic

Size: 4 W x 4 H x 3 D in

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CRIMES AGAINST NURTURE No.1: the RED ONE; the first in a new series of art assemblage created from mangled chuck out toys heading for the waste stream merged with the carefully woven sea-spat plastic detritus of a vengeful ocean. Forget Toy Story. Invent your own neoplastic mythology. These poor therianthrope creatures all need to live anew and do silent heroic things whilst receiving new love. Is there a small corner of your heart and hearth to accommodate them? I have always admired the gutsy audacity of pop art and I now have the opportunity to merge it with messages for the climate chaos generations and our collectively wasteful ways. I combed a beach on the coast of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the dirty plastic waste ghost net fibre. I clean it, unwind it, re-tie it and knit it onto the abraded shells of long dead limpets from the same beach. I call these creations ‘strimpets’. The strimpet creates a mount for our severed hero. He is still pose-able despite his disabilities and you may adjust his pose as you wish. As David Bowie once said “We can be heroes, just for one day”

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Multi-paneled Sculpture:Plastic on Plastic

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:4 W x 4 H x 3 D in

Number of Pieces:3

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Emergent artist from a scientific zygote. A previously successful writer (author of six non-fiction books). I find artistic beauty in small things but also take joy in the meaningfulness of the bigger picture. I forage. I beach-comb. I repurpose. I like the quirky and unpredictable mysteries of making found art from nature’s sculptural gifts. I also feel the urge to punk it up. It’s all beautifully complex. Being an ecologist, I know a good niche when I see one. Being a geologist, I can tell you a story in stone. Being a beachologist I scour the sands to remove the sea-spat plastics of a vengeful ocean and create objects of redemptive beauty. I fuse them to write a new story for our blue planet, our generation and for our ancestors to come. Buy one and save a whale, possibly. For art investors I’m starting out with introductory offer prices in recognition that my work is unknown but worth a punt as I develop the brand. I have a pipeline pumped up with new ideas. For interior designers I am ready to fill your client niches with surprise and delight at a profitable bargain price. For collectors, if you like it, get some in because each piece is irreplaceably unique and when it’s gone it is gone; but you also get a piece of me, a constantly renewable friend for life. Biog I am: a Fellow of the Landscape Institute; Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar; lapsed Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Healrhcare; Elected member of the Council of the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty; co-opted member of the Council of the Canal and River Trust; advisor to the Land Trust; associate of the Quality of Life Foundation; and, a former Commodore of Henley Sailing Club. Winner of the Henry Ford European Conservation Award for Heritage; winner of the Guardian-Digital prize for charities; winner of the UnLtd Award for Social Entrepreneurs. The author of ‘The Secret Thames’; ‘Apples, Berkshire, Cider’; ‘Eat Wild’; ‘Bizarre Berkshire’; ‘Reading, the place of the people of the Red One’; and, ‘Whispers of Better Things’. I have: a lovely wife; two wonderful children; one new granddaughter; created the Institute of Beachology; cycled the route of the longest straight line in Britain from the Isle of Wight to Cape Wrath on a folding bicycle to promote the cause of SLOW; a cider press; a coracle; and a small collection of dinosaur bones.

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