Hands All Over is a comment on how convenience, industrialisation and modern materials are impacting the natural world, and will be exhibited at fortyfivedownstairs in April 2018.
In today’s world, it is virtually impossible to live without plastics. As a photographer, Serap Osman is acutely aware of the fact given the materials used in contemporary lenses, cameras, computers and so on invariably contain more and more plastic. The transition away from metals and more traditional construction materials has happened in plain sight, yet seems to have somehow crept up on us.
Given the relatively recent invention and mass production of plastics, virtually every piece of plastic ever made still exists in one form or another. Plastics can take 500 – 1,000 years to degrade, meaning the litter found in otherwise pristine landscapes will likely outlive the natural aspects of the landscape, and indeed ourselves.
While shooting this series, Osman was determined to show that plastic can be reused or recycled and serve purposes other than as single use packaging. Inspired by the years she has spent working in the fashion industry, Osman started to create garments out of plastic waste products including a pompom dress made using plastic shopping bags, a dress made from bubble wrap and a wearable sphere made from discarded milk bottle tops. All the items worn in these photographs have been painstakingly made by hand.
Serap Osman is a fine art photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. She studied at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey and RMIT, Melbourne.
Osman has exhibited internationally in group shows and has been awarded for her black & white and landscape work. Her recent work has focused on abstract landscape and objects in the landscape, culminating in the work being exhibited today.
Hands All Over is her first solo exhibition in Melbourne.