Kelly Jazvac’s playful, mostly abstract assemblages are made out of discarded materials reclaimed from the advertising and plastics industry. Her sculptures and wall works propose connections between synthetic materials and larger social, environmental and economic systems. Jazvac’s current focus is a plastic pollution-focused research group, which includes an interdisciplinary collaboration with geologist Dr. Patricia Corcoran and oceanographer Charles Moore. Their work centers around the discovery and study of a new stone they’ve termed Plastiglomerate, a mix of natural materials—sand, coral, volcanic rock—and melted plastic debris that washes ashore from the ocean. Their findings have been published in GSA Today, and reported by The New York Times, Science Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail. They consider this research to be evidence of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch in which human progress has left an indelible mark upon the fossil record.
Photography: Robert McNair
Kelly Jazvac is a sculpture and installation artist whose work focuses on the relationship between the promises of commercial images to the physical output of stuff in the world. She received an MFA from the University of Victoria, and a BA from the University of Guelph. Recent exhibitions include PARK at Oakville Galleries (2013); Why Painting Now? curated by Vienna (2013); Surface Tension at Oakville Galleries (2013); Impel With Puffs at Diaz Contemporary (2013); Touch the Moon at Louis B. James, New York (2013); and More Than Two at The Power Plant, Toronto (2013). Her work has been recently reviewed in The New Yorker (2013); Border Crossings (2013); and The Brooklyn Rail (2012).