Merri Creek Dresses

In this ongoing series, I have been gathering litter, rubbish and pollutants from my local urban creek and making them into garments. Then I photograph them being worn back in the original creek environment. So far I have made dresses from polyethylene plastic bags, HDPE bottles, aluminium cans, and invasive weeds including prickly pear and common reeds.

The Merri creek is one of the few slivers of remnant bushland left in inner Melbourne, and has also borne the title of the city’s most polluted waterway for decades.

These images are an attempt to sustain a visual conversation around the issues of environmental degredation and the legacy of ecological destruction we are leaving our children and the following generations.

The images also disrupt traditional representations of “women-in-nature” by allowing the damaged earth into the frame as well as the photographer. And finally, they are an attempt to sit with and engage somatically with ecological trouble and eco-anxiety.

All the photographs in this series were made on unceded Wurundjeri land. I wish to pay my respects to their leaders past and present.