Mask (2020) & Glove (2020) (from the series Seasick)
During a recent visit to the Middle East, the visible disposal of plastic in the region was highlighted to Scholz.
In the Seasick series, he documents the impact of plastic on climate change using cyanotype, an alternative and eco-friendly photographic process that produces dark-blue prints. Cyanotypes allow him to directly work with plastic and low-tech methods of mass reproduction in response to our throwaway culture. To encourage further conceptual links, he uses seawater for developing prints, raising further awareness and concern between climate and oceans, and allowing him to photographically develop a range of ghostly absences seemingly floating in a vast open sea.
Will the surge in the use of personal protective equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic result in further plastic in our oceans?