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Jacky Oliver

linear & ephemeral


In creating Catch, Jacky Oliver aims to provoke dialogue about the increase in over-fishing. The oceans cover 71% of the world and provide us with the oxygen we need for every two breaths we take, so it is vital we look after them. Jacky has created linear wire structures that echo some of the four million fishing vessels that fish the seas with increasing efficiency, putting pressure on fish stocks and ecosystems of our oceans.

Through extensive research Jacky has gathered statistics about the impact of this intensive fishing industry on the environment. Using a range of techniques, she has etched and pierced through metal panels, which are supported on delicate wire networks. Jacky’s installation is suspended to allow the viewers’ presence to influence the movement of the piece. Shadows cast by the pieces are as important as the fabricated pieces themselves: the ephemeral nature of the images Jacky has made simultaneously simplify the vessel forms and also echo the possibility that without care, the awe-inspiring life currently found within the oceans will not be there forever.