Recycled Paper, 85 x 50 x 40 cm (2014-16)
Nicholas Cheeseman : "I am a part-time Art teacher and Artist. In 2014 I taught a PSHRE class on ‘Going Green’ to Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils at Mill Hill School in London where I work. I had three classes with groups of 10-15 pupils where we discussed Green Issues and contemporary Artists that use Art to raise awareness of Green topics. Over the course of the year I saw all pupils in year 10 and 11 and half of those in year 9. During class all the pupils were asked to fold waste paper from the Art department using the Golden Venture Folding (also known as Chinese Paper Folding or 3D Origami) technique, whilst discussing the topics presented to them. Over 300 pupils helped to fold these triangles over the course of the year. I collected all these triangles and created a sculpture depicting a plastic bottle which is disintegrating into a wave of water.
We focussed on developing our understanding of plastics, and the impact that all forms, but especially single use plastic, has on the Oceans, and the resultant 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch'. A video called 'Plastic Seas' was watched by all the pupils and this is the inspiration for the artwork's title (you can watch this Video here
). This collaboration between all the pupils and myself has created a work that will hopefully continue to raise awareness of the issues the planet is facing as a result of our use of plastic and the impact on the oceans."