top of page

Balancing Relations

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

Helen O’Shea - Balancing Relations

James Barry Exhibition Centre November 2020,

Balancing Relations is a personal response to encounters with waste plastic.

The exhibition looks at the speculative prospect of what is beyond our vision in the depths of the oceans and uses the transformation of waste plastics to raise themes of environmental, material, and ecological concern.

These intimate creations foreground the mark of the hand using textile sensibilities, while exploring the potential to reuse waste plastics in a contemporary art setting. Driven to disrupt perceptions of waste and expose material potential through subversive aesthetics, O’Shea questions possibilities on end of life issues.

Researching the journey of waste plastics in the ocean brought home the complexity of what is happening in this environment: physical breakdown, absorption of toxins, ingestion, leeching chemicals, bacterial and microbial growth, and transportation of invasive species.

‘Inspired by the volume of plastics in the oceans my imagination has been fueled by the revelation of colonies of microorganisms growing on the gyres of plastic floating there. The idea of inorganic plastics supporting organic life has offered the framework to explore fictional speculations using waste material’

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) from waste plastic milk bottles is used to create the Scaled pieces.

Image: Filament. 59 x 59 x 53cms. Reused HDPE plastic and pins. Photo by Mike Hannon.

For more images see HDPE photographs and Balancing Relations pages

35 views3 comments

Recent Posts

See All


This is frequently disregarded. In spite of the fact that it is straightforward, and adds scarcely there tone, it has a Lip Blushing in Scottsdale positive effect on your general look. Simply try to pick a variety as near your normal tone as could be expected, and utilize light, short strokes to apply.


In spite of the fact that Beabull pups are not perceived by the American Pet hotel Affiliation, this hasn't blocked the huge interest for these sorts of pets in the -based canine market. Beagles and bulldogs are two exceptionally well known breeds, so it is no big surprise why online Beagle breeders reproducers needed to put these two kinds of canine together and outdo the two universes.


During the Medieval times buns or sweet rolls had supplanted the first wheat cakes, however it was still extremely standard for visitors to carry these delectable treats to the wedding. Set in an enormous heap between the lady of the hour and lucky man, assuming the cheerful couple had the option to kiss over this immense pile of wheat, it was accepted that they would be honored with numerous kids.

bottom of page