Mary Ellen Croteau

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Paige, Chicago; Plastic bottle caps on foamcore; 24 x 38 inches

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John, ISM Lockport; Plastic bottle caps on foamcore; 26×38 inches

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Elin, Orebro; Plastic bottle caps on foamcore; 28×37 inches

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Tsunami; Plastic bottle caps on masonite; 60×96 inches

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Shells, Oil Spill; Plastic caps on masonite; 48 x 96 inches

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Bag Coral; Crocheted plastic bags

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Endless Columns; Plastic bottle caps and jar lids

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CLOSE in my studio; Plastic bottle caps on masonite; 96 x 84 inches

ARTIST STATEMENT

What to do with all the plastic waste we are creating?  It is made from petroleum.
It doesn’t compost or decompose.  And these bags and caps are not recycled
no matter what they tell you – it is not cost-effective.  So I make art with them.
I have asked friends and family to collaborate by contributing their plastic bags and caps to the projects, and this allows them to think about and quantify their contributions to the waste stream in consumer culture. Bring your own bags to the store, and never buy single-serve drink bottles.