The Cost of Consumption

Print, Sculpture, Exhibition













The Cost of Consumption sheds light on the impact of human plastic and seafood consumption on coral health. Viewers are encouraged to think critically about how much they consume, and are given resources to lessen plastic usage and make more sustainable seafood choices. By 2050, corals worldwide are projected to have died out. Will your consumption make that date come sooner or later?

Part of Rice University’s Art & Environment Spring 2017 Exhibition.






Choosing an activist approach to shed light on the impact of human plastic and seafood consumption on coral health, I made coral sculptures covered in expiration date stickers, then placed them around a local grocery store. Informational cards bearing facts on overfishing and plastic use were also handed out, complete with QR codes so that viewers were linked with resources on picking sustainable seafood and decreasing plastic usage.  





I made the coral sculptures by hand using plaster and chicken wire, created the Cost of Consumption logo, and set the layout of recipes and nutrition labels with researched information.




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