Wednesday Work of the Week | Primary

Wed 31 Mar, 9.30am (AEST)

Past program

This program takes place virtually

Levels 1-6

Join an NGV Educator live from the NGV for a short and lively introduction to one work of art or design from Triennial.

Learning Objectives:  

  • Explore the ways in which artists communicate their views, beliefs and opinions in artworks
  • Identify and describe how ideas are expressed in Triennial art and design works
  • Discuss how artworks are made and how the choice of materials can influence the meaning of artworks

Alice Potts
Dance Biodegradable Personal Protective Equipment (DBPPE) post COVID facemasks

For NGV Triennial Alice Potts will create a set of speculative bioplastic personal protection equipment (PPE) facemasks made from food waste and dyed using flowers she has collected in London’s parks during the COVID–19 lockdown. The work, Dance Biodegradable Personal Protective Equipment (DBPPE) post COVID facemasks 2020, is a result of Pott’s personal experiences as a designer during London’s first weeks of the pandemic. At the beginning of the lockdown, Potts was contacted by her brother – a paramedic working in London’s outskirts – distressed that he had no PPE to protect himself, instead wearing bin liners for masks. In response Potts paused her design practice to commence reusable cotton mask production. To date she has created over 3,000 of these masks in a not-for-profit initiative. Drawing from this experience, and her ongoing investigation into biodesign, Potts seeks to highlight the dramatic acceleration of single-use plastic usage for COVID–19-related PPE. She asked herself ‘how can I create a new sustainable infrastructure that can protect people but also create a positive impact on our environment?’ These critical design objects aim to provide a glimpse of an alternate sustainable future that rebalances our relationships to nature.

Duration: 15 mins

Cost: Free

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