drifters: salvaged sea net art by pam longobardi
Pam Longobardi, who recently exhibited her Driftwebs at the POOL art fair at Art Basel in Miami, wants her art to carry a message of human impact on the world oceans. WIth their amazing worn coloration, the webs are a portrait of global late-capitalist consumer society. The Driftweb sculptures, an assemblage of flotsam, are plastic traps meant to increase awareness and transform behavior. Pam Longobardi is a Professor of Art at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Longobardi's intervention by physically removing the debris from the natural environment and then the subsequent arrangements should be encountered as a reflection for one’s own participation and interconnectedness in this destruction of the ocean biosphere. The sculptures represent a connection between earth and the global consumer society. She sees the discarded relics as an ocean regurgitating our plastic materiality.