Plastic Dumping Ground Series 1 • Mixed media (Acrylic and craft sand) on canvas • 91.5 x 152.3 cm • 2019 • by artjamila
Interpretation: This painting depicts the state Malaysia is currently in. Malaysia has been an alternative dumping ground of plastic waste for the US, UK, Canada, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Netherlands. Malaysia has been receiving imports of this waste for many years, but it has unfortunately always fallen into the wrong hands. Illegal factories were given the responsibility to process the plastic waste into recycled plastic palettes, resulting in contaminated rivers from the disposal of waste products produced from the process of recycling. Various plastic materials are pictured clogging up the silhouettes of famous buildings in Malaysia and piling up in the background. This is the artist’s prediction of the future of Malaysia if the imports for plastic waste goes on; plastic will accumulate and eventually their numbers will exceed that of the materials used to build the buildings. In conclusion, Malaysia should not allow imports of plastic waste from other countries and instead focus on recycling the country’s own plastic waste.