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Sophie Thomas & Louis Thompson

Broken Ocean

Sophie Thomas & Louis Thompson

Broken Ocean

Sophie Thomas & Louis Thompson

Broken Ocean

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meet hanne enemark & louis thompson

Since studying together at the Royal College of Art over five years ago, Hanne Enemark and Louis Thompson have worked together successfully on a number of commissions and personal projects. They have a common interest in the tension between chaos and order, fragility and strength, internal structure and external form. Their most recent collaborations, Panicum and Penumbra, provided an opportunity for them to crystallise these ideas through a series of large scale, elegant pieces that combine their strengths and common interests as artists and makers.

Broken Ocean

This collection of pieces, Broken Ocean, is the outcome of a collaboration between creative campaigner, Sophie Thomas and glass artist, Louis Thompson. Broken Ocean is an installation representing the challenge of the colossal flow of plastic pollution that runs into our seas every minute of every day – currently a rubbish truckload a minute.

Working with hand-blown glass and waste glass fragments, found ocean plastic from Hawaii and other beaches around the world, and recovered ghost nets, this series of pieces reference the chaotic beauty of the swirling plastic filled ocean gyres and entangled ghost nets being pulled out from the deep ocean. These hand-crafted objects represent a horrific future that our Anthropocene age threatens to leave behind if we do nothing about our dependency on plastic and its easy disposability.

Sophie Thomas is an established leader in communication design and creative campaigning, and in the investigation and promotion of circular economy design principles. She has been working in ethical design, behaviour change and material process through her agency, Thomas.Matthews since 1998. Sophie has been investigating and highlighting ocean pollution and is working with the charity Common Seas to galvanise the design community to find and demonstrate viable design solutions that work towards eliminating plastic from the seas.

Louis Thompson completed his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in 2011 and was the recipient of two prestigious awards in 2012, the Jerwood Makers Prize Commission and the Best Exhibit Prize at the British Glass Biennale. His work has been exhibited extensively at galleries in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, and he has been invited to create installations for various museums and international exhibitions. He has completed International residencies in Belgium, the USA, Sweden and the Maldives.

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