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In 1989 whilst on a surf trip in Wales, Andy Hughes noticed a kind of plastic rock forms, much like a small pebble but waxy in texture. He took these back to London and made a series of photographs which were shown at the Royal College of Art.

In 1990 he travelled to the Lisbon coast where he made the photograph of a 'Dead Rat' [archive page 2] this image contains within a blue/grey plastic rock that we now recognise as a anthropogenic marker. A claim to the discovery of something new, something undiscovered can be made only as a formal requirement regarding the language in which the proposition itself is expressed. Is it not a paradox that the material we have come to ‘know’ recently as Plastiglomerate as described on Wikipedia may have surfaced much earlier?

In a recent interveiw with Carve Surf magazine he talks about those forays from the sea to land and how those experiences inform his practice today. These images below are a small selection from Hughes ongoing poetic visual study of this matarial. Some of these works were recently exhibited in China, curated by Professor Liz Wells.

Plastiglomerate Art Work

Title: Plastiglomerate/Virtual Sea Study 2015

Plastiglomerate Art Work

Title: Plastiglomerate Study, 2019

Plastiglomerate Art Work

Title: Plastiglomerate/Virtual Sea Study 2015

Plastiglomerate Art Work

Title: Plastiglomerate/Virtual Sea Study 2015

Plastiglomerate Art Work
Title: Plastiglomerate/Virtual Sea Study 2015

Plastiglomerate Art Work

Title: Plastiglomerate/Virtual Sea Study 2018

Plastiglomerate Art Work

Title: Plastiglomerate/Virtual Sea Study 2018

Plastiglomerate Art Work

Title: Plastiglomerate Brain 2015