‘the oceans spirit passed before me’, 2016
Ice-cream scoops sourced on La Rochelle harbour and Cornish shorelines 42 x 54 cm
'pioneering eco-artist recognised the catastrophe of ocean pollution over twenty years ago'.
David Attenborough has recently acquired one of her artworks Georgina Maxwell is an eco-artist
responding to the lives and extinction of ocean inhabitants in their struggle for survival in a
desensitised, plastic-addicted world. Being a protector of the oceans eco-system is paramount to
her work. These beautiful, intelligent, sentient beings are our relatives. She feels a deep
interconnectedness. Maxwell's contemporary art merges eco-centric ethics, Buddhist philosophy,
Green Theory, emotional intelligence and scientific research This is within a conceptual, political,
social and moral framework of site- specific, installation, performance, art-activism and framed works. She explores the therapeutic value of imagining while walking and collecting. Investigating, transforming and feeling impossible layered memories, through making discarded plastic objects into contemporary art. Her practice as an eco-artist has stretched over twenty years
About the work:
As planet Earth rebels against man-made destruction, my art practice searches for some kind of order, gathering, collecting and sorting into groups of similar ocean found plastics. The suffering and imminent extinction of marine life and sea birds in their struggle for survival in a desensitised, plastic-addicted world has been my art practice for the last 20 years.
The oceans...the womb of Gaia is where we all, as a single cell, originated. As an eco artist I respond to the lives and extinction of ocean inhabitants. These beautiful, intelligent, sentient beings are our relatives. I feel a deep interconnectedness. I feel an obsessive need to protect the oceans and their inhabitants, they are the innocent victims of our unthinking society.
The therapeutic value of imagining while walking and collecting and investigating, transforming and feeling impossible layered memories as a process adds to the creating of discarded ocean plastics into contemporary art.
My practice merges eco-centric ethics, buddhist philosophy, Green Theory, emotional intelligence and scientific research. This is within a conceptual, political, social and moral framework of site-specific, installation, performance, art-activism and framed artworks.
I was invited on a research vessel to Svalbard in the Arctic in 2018 where I sourced marine plastics for my most recent body of work.
Social Media: @georgina.maxwell