Holstad's site-specific installation in Venice aims to raise public awareness on the pressing issue of ocean pollution from plastic waste. Supported by FPT industrial, who is also one of the main sponsors of the italian pavilion at this year’s venice art biennale, the artwork takes the form of an oversized cornucopia, an ancient symbol of luck and abundance, whose symbolism is distorted by the material it is made of: domestic plastic waste.
'A past neighbor had a sign on their door which read "consider yourself a guest". I walked past it each day for years and it became an unintended mantra', notes the artist. 'Our dependence on plastics is not sustainable. Its effects are swelling into continents in our waters. Consider yourself a guest (Cornucopia) is a reflection of our impact on the planet and our consumptive roles within the growing plastic mass.’