Thirza Schaap

As a child, I would walk over beaches and through fields and forests to collect beautiful shells, shimmering stones, feathers and funnily shaped branches.


Much later, after I had moved from the Netherlands to South Africa, I found myself doing the same thing. Only to discover that I started filling my pockets with trash instead of treasure.


Plastic from the Ocean…

Colourful and beautiful in its own tragic way. Plastic Ocean is an art project I started to create awareness around pollution, to try and prevent – or at least reduce – the use of plastic.


In making artistic sculptures out of the objects I find, I try to evoke an emotional response from my audience by creating a contradiction: a clash between initial aesthetic attraction and, after a second look, repulsion and the realisation of the tragedy caused by trash.