Blue Plastic Queen
Clare O'Callaghan works with a single medium: discarded wrappers from the New York Times. Out of this unlikely substance she has crocheted an entire Reef of her own. We call it the Blue Reef and stand in awe of this supremely rigorous practice. No other Reef contributor has so restricted themselves materially. Yet by working within the limits of this strict parameter, Clare has found a path of immense creativity.
Clare adorns her coral and anemone forms with miniature pieces of plastic trash such as bottle caps, straws, the rings pulls from asceptic packages, and pieces of sterile medical waste she gets from a friend who is a nurse. Hospitals have now become a huge source of plastic waste and a major contributor to our junk-stream. Clare, who is a magpie and horder by nature, has been collecting various categories of her own plastic waste for over 30 years and stockpiling it in her garage. We are honored that she has chosen to recycle some of it into the Reef.
Clare O'Callaghan lives and works in Los Angeles. She would like her work to speak for itself.