Tim Pugh

Environmental and Mixed Media Artist

Month: July, 2017

“Plastic World “

The temporary installation was created and sited at South Beach in Whitehaven, West Cumbria in June 2017.The ongoing theme was plastic environmental pollution on the beaches especially at St Bees beach which seems to have plenty of plastic waste deposited on the tideline. At times, the world is seemingly drowning in plastic and I wanted to illustrate my concerns by creating a circular intervention symbolic of the planet .Ironically, I had to purchase a beach ball in order to adhere all the different types of plastic I collected from the beach in a two hour preparation session.Again, I was equally seduced by the vivid colours and enjoyed juxtapositioning the contrasting colours and shapes to create a spiky kind of  “Death Star “.The breeze wanted to push the globe across the beach and it had to be secured by hidden pebbles. After photographing the artwork it was taken to a local High school for pupils to recycle and create more artwork on the same theme.

“South Beach Map “

The temporary map /installation was created at South Beach in May 2017.The artwork is a drawing of a map of the area next to North Beach in Whitehaven where I have been collecting washed up Victorian pieces of domestic ceramic and glass on the tideline . The fragments were used to create an installation in a gallery in North Wales a month later and the map drawing on the beach was an experimental trial run to see the materials were successful and if they complimented each other. I sketched the detail from the map onto a sandstone boulder and incorporated the ceramic finds on the surface. Rainwater has since obliterated the lines leaving no trace of the drawing. I like to work on this beach and try out ideas despite the beach being inaccessible and closed to the general public. I have to squeeze through a fence and clamber down rough ground in order to get access and be mindfull of high tides that could cut me off.