At first glance, Eco-Art by Juliette may leave you perplexed with its array of plastic ropes, colorful fibers, and interesting shapes. The backstory behind all her captivating pieces is one that plagues the earth. Plastic and pollution have entwined their claws with our world. It is quite rare that one can separate nature from the two. That is exactly what Juliette presents in her artwork. It is her way of trying to seek out beauty and art from within the trenches of waste.
Juliette urges individuals to pick up and collect ropes and fishing nets that can be found on the beach. If this is not done, the nets will flow back into the ocean and kill marine life by suffocating them. Such waste could harm humans as well.
Viewers will find turtles, a human heart, and even an oyster on her official website. However, they are made through careful techniques and hand-picked materials that would otherwise remain in the environment and hurt all those who are part of it. She brings light to sad realities like the fact that there are seven species of turtles, yet only one of them is not endangered.
She was on the island of Saint Barthélémy when she first started creating different sculptures using washed-up fishing ropes on the shores of Grand Fond. The fishing ropes came in a variety of colors, which helped her create beautiful artwork with a tragic history.
According to Juliette, her aim is to “divert this waste in order to raise awareness about the pollution we produce.” She is an example of someone who has an eye for potential. The artist’s artistry lies in being able to look at a few random materials and put together a unique piece. She has made sure to absorb her surroundings and nature before creating her artwork.
Her art raises questions about how plastic is imbibing our lives. The ban on single-use plastic is supposed to be implemented across several countries, but plastic can still be seen all around us. As of 2021, there were 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic in the world. Just a fraction of this washes up on the beaches.
Data is unable to estimate how many animals die yearly because of plastic consumption. Yet we can assure you that the numbers are constantly rising. The earth will not be able to take this forever. It is artists and activists like Juliette who need to be given a platform to spread their ideas. Awareness will go quite far in helping the environmental state of the world today.