Ainoa is a multidisciplinary artist who encompasses Photography, Sculpture and Performance. With a variety of medias and interactions with audiences Ainoa explores bodies and their environments. The themes studied through her artistic practice are varied and often socially engaged, including subjects such as environmental and visual anthropology.
Her current work “Plastic Era as an Indicator of the Anthropocene” is an ongoing research based project exploring the relationship between humans, non-compostable rubbish, and the earth. In its current phase titled “Optograms of the Earth”, the body of work presents a series of Colour Photograms produced with plastic waste extracted from Agricultural areas around Brighton and the South Downs.
This project looks into the use of plastics in our everyday lives, particularly within agriculture and the effects of synthetic polymers in soil’s health. Additionally, this artistic project explores photography plasticity mixing experimental and traditional darkroom techniques. Along this work non-photographic subjects become subjects moving from the abject to the seductive. By enlarging these materials and subjecting them to light, she embarks on a journey of analysis, observing the progression of decay and degradation of different polymerized substances and their intricate interweaving with organic matter such as soil and plants.
Plastic travels through space but also through time and light.
Plastic is part of our everyday life. We over use plastic, we over dispose plastic. Plastic is now inside our alimentary routine, open the bag, eat the PRODUCT, dispose the packaging.
Plastic, plastic, plastic, plastic…
Fruit and vegetable varieties disappear in favour of profit and new plastic packaging
resistant varieties, we now consume pretty food, food in plastic, bananas in plastic,
onions in plastic, potatoes in plastic, mushrooms in plastic!
Plastic in your mouth, plastic in your stomach, plastic in your blood, plastic in you tears…
Plastic perpetuating social inequalities, asphyxiating plastic.
The Anthropocene has its hands stained in plastic.