Merde sur la Mer
Artist’s book with digital print on paper, relief prints on rice paper, chipboard, xerography and black yarn
Rachel Simmons highlights the global nature of the Pacific Garbage
Patch, an area of floating trash three times the size of Texas that
lies northeast of the Hawaiian islands.
She became aware of the problem after seeing a rocky enclave on the Big Island of Hawaii piled with trash. "There were plastic bins, oil drums, an endless pile of fishing nets, plastic bottles—all of it deposited, I would learn later, by global currents," she told Discovery News. "I could not get over the shock of seeing such a beautiful place spoiled by so much waste. It was that unlikely combination of beauty—the deep blues and greens of the Pacific ocean and the ugliness of all that garbage—that inspired me to make the artist's book Merde Sur La Mer."