I’m preparing to leave my home today and travel south to Chile where I’ll join Captain Charles Moore‘s team onboard the Oceanic Research Vessel, Alquita in Coquimbo. Captain Morre discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or the Pacific Gyre. To research and collect data on the Southern Pacific Ocean Gyre he’s organized a seven-month journey.
For my time with them, I’ll be an active crew member on board the catamaran, Alquita. Aside from crew duties, I’ll be trained to collect plastics from the ocean and the coves of the Chilean coastline for science. Along with collecting debris and cataloging my findings, I’ll share in dissecting area specimen and examining the insides of fish bellies. All of this information or data will be logged for future study.
This experience is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time; seeing the plastic out at sea rather than the shore where I gather my resources for my pallet and artwork. It will inform my work on a deeper level, at once more personal and universal. As a ‘citizen scientist’, I will be completing the circle in my process. To keep track of my journey, follow me on Instagram: tessfelixartist. I’ll post when I have internet service so it might come in small bunches or be a little erratic.