Ghost Net Landscape | Emily Miller

March 2020

About Ghost Net Landscape

Ghost net is one of the most abundant and dangerous sources of marine debris in our oceans.

This lost or abandoned fishing gear makes up 46% of the mass in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where it entangles wildlife and disintegrates into microplastics, affecting every level of the food web and marine ecosystem.

Since 2015, Miller has created machine-stitched baskets from this fishing rope washed up on the coastlines of Oregon, Kauai, and Maine. The collection site of each rope tells its own unique story about the effects of coastal industry on local and global scales.

In 2018, Miller pulled rope from a massive environment created from two tons of ghost net, hauled off Kauai’s beaches by Surfrider Kauai in just two months.

This experience directly inspired the Ghost Net Landscape installation. By bringing the pile into the gallery, the project shares its powerful physical presence – a small fraction of what washes ashore every day. What happens to the material after it is removed from the ocean is a work in progress. Ghost Net Landscape seeks to discover how much artwork Miller can create from the mass, and to show how much more can be done when we work together.

Emily Miller lives in Forest Grove, OR, and draws direct inspiration from the Pacific Northwest coast as well as her background in California, Kauai, and Down East Maine. Her work explores natural beauty and cycles of change centered around coastal environments, where the human connection to nature becomes clear.

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