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Maria Arceo
Future Dust
, variable heights, 4m x 12m, Thames plastic waste, wood, metal and light, 2017.

 

Maria constructed a footprint-shaped light installation, made with plastic collected in forty clean-ups along the Thames from Teddington Lock to the Sea. It was commissioned for the Thames Festival 2017, but the image has new resonances in the context of the social isolation and containment of lockdown. Maria collaborates architects and scientists in various environmental projects relating to water. She was artist in residence on a scientific expedition across the Atlantic, collecting samples of microplastic contaminants from the water's surface. Which lead to a multi-disciplinary project on plastics with Kings College London. Maria has a BA in Fine Art from Camberwell Art School and a Postgraduate qualification in Art and Design Education from Goldsmith University.