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Photography exhibit sheds light on use of plastics

Mar 17, 2020
Photo by: Shlomit Auciello 2020

Rockland — The impact of plastics on our lives is the subject of "Ubiquitous," a multi-media exhibition in the café at Good Tern Natural Foods, 750 Main St.

Shlomit Auciello, a photographer and writer of creative nonfiction, spent six months documenting all the plastics that passed through her hands, creating dozens of photographs, several essays, and six mobiles made entirely out of the collected materials.

"I've been thinking about the impact of plastics on our lives for decades, even as I continue to use polymers in ways that didn't exist when I was in my twenties and thirties," the Rockland resident said. "Three years ago or so, I learned about Plastic Free July, a month of individual, conscious action to reduce the use of plastics. This July, it occurred to me that what I was doing, stressing over all these labels and wrappers and inner and outer seals, was either evidence of insanity or a project."

Formerly a reporter in Midcoast Maine, Auciello returned to college in 2014, earning a bachelor of arts degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in 2017. Her work focuses on the relationships between human endeavor and the natural systems that sustain us.

While the March 27 reception for this show has been canceled, the exhibition continues through March 31.

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