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Eleanor Shipman
60,000 Last Breaths
, photograph of sculptures made with protective facemasks, 2018.

 

Eleanor uses recycled air pollution masks in place of flowers to make six traditional Vietnamese funeral wreaths to raise awareness of the 60,000 air pollution-related deaths per year in Vietnam (WHO, 2018). The piece has taken on new meaning in light of the coronavirus crisis, with the need for protective masks and the reduced pollution levels resulting from global lockdown. Eleanor is a participatory artist and illustrator living in Bristol. She often makes work in collaboration with community groups including older people in care, school children and female refugees. Eleanor completed a BA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and MSc in Sustainable Development in Practice at the University of the West of England.