Margaret Craig

My art is a contemplation of the ways we affect the plants and animals around us, and how we may be affected by them. I approach this both from a biology background as well as from artistic printmaking methodologies.

My intent is to create work that will engender thought about the relationship between humans and their surroundings.

My recent interpretation involves plastic, which I repurpose and evolve into creatures that might one day populate the congregation of trash in the ocean gyres.

The vast amount of waste plastic in our environment provides no sustenance to the animals that are surrounded by it.

This is not without precedent. The bacteria, ideonella sakaiensis, eats plastic. This current work begins to talk about the bleached reef with the new Anima Plastica evolving to pale coloration to fit with this devastated environment.

As an artist, I utilize and manipulate plastic in communicating my message. Society must utilize and manipulate messages like mine to achieve a solution to the global problem of waste plastic.


  • The Albatross (performance), Luminaria, Carver Community Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX


  • This documentary was produced by Walley Films in association with Southwest School of Art.

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