We invited Whale of A Good Time artist Cindy Pease Roe of UpSculpt back to inspire a season of beach clean-ups as inspiration reimagine the fate of trash, raise awareness of plastics in the ocean and the roles we play in putting them there. Cindy Pease Roe is pictured in the middle along with The Good Supply founder Catherine McLetchie (left) and artist Jessie Renew.
It was alarming to see how much beach trash and coastal debris could be collected by our local community. This photo shows what was LEFT OVER after Cindy created the "whale" in "Whale Club 2022." What was most striking to us was the beautiful colors represented in such a collection.
The number one category of coastal debris in the Gulf of Maine is lost or discarded gear from fishing. We all see a lot of debris that looks like the lobster buoy above, but also see beach toys, flip flops, and sunscreen bottles that end up on our coastline.
Cindy wanted to use elements true to Midcoast. For example, the black screen used to enclose the whale's form in the photo above comes from oyster farming.
The black netting gave Cindy the right texture and minimalism she needed to create a sculpture of substance that could also be relatively light as to function as a moveable and accessible artwork. She spent a week at The Good Supply selecting materials from our collection to create a work of beauty.
Introducing: Corazon Valiente (Valiente Heart)
She is a North Atlantic Right Whale that measures 98" x 37" x 36". Made of miscellaneous marine debris: rope, buoys, aquaculture seeding bags, lobster traps, fabric, bait bags, tennis ball, golf ball, tool bag, and shuttlecock
Corazon Valiente is absolutely stunning, and it is a treat to have an artwork of this scale on view at The Good Supply. The body of the whale is transparent, and pieces of the whole (intact debris that represents fishing, boating, play, consuming, and entertainment) "float" in a line up in the interior of the whale.