Karen Ristuben’s Installation and Presentation

August 31, 2011

Karen Ristuben, former Art Education faculty member, will be creating an installation and presentation at Cape Ann Museum’s White Ellery House on Sat., Sept. 3, from 11 am – 3 pm. She’ll be presenting her 45-min. performance and lecture, “Just, one word…”, at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

The project focuses on the use, over-use and disposal of plastics and their toxic effect on the public health. The presentation specifically highlights the issue of marine plastic pollution and its impact on ocean ecosystems and the marine food chain. The project is based on Karen’s research over the past year, including her voyage last month across the North Pacific with leading marine scientists who study the issue of marine plastic pollution.

By addressing this issue as an artist, Karen offers a different method of communicating the scientific data that is currently on the minds of many marine scientists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and policy-makers.