Current: May 2023 – October 2023




Alternatives Creations Collective has collaborated with the Maritime Museum for a fun and contemplative expression of, The Sea and Me. The artists considered their personal memories of living near the sea, and how living in Vancouver has affected their personal relationship to the ocean. For some, adventures on ferry rides spark memories of joy. While some reflect on their love of animals and the excitement of seeing sea creatures while visiting the seaside, including seals, otters, and if they are lucky enough, whales. Some of the artists are fascinated by the life that exists underneath the sea, and therefore created paintings inspired by researching common fish, sea creatures, and sea plants such as kelp forests. Traveling across the water in canoes or imagined submarines was another favoured topic.

Among all the topics that were explored, one commonality and shared passion was the life that exists inside the ocean. We held a discussion regarding how people play a role in the health of sea life. We looked at our collection of recycled plastics and how these materials can commonly be found in the ocean. As a studio, we wanted to facilitate a collaborative piece that speaks to this. We created a scene with vibrant fish and sea plants made with plastics collected over the span of many months including: plastic bottles, bottle caps, single-use food containers, newspaper strapping etc. By placing these fish in front of recycled fabrics that have been splashed with blues and greens, ultimately creates a playful scene of romanticized sea life.

Although most of the artworks depicted in the show highlight the beauty and charm of living by the sea, we hope upon viewing this collection, one is inspired to reflect upon, and deeply contemplate how crucial and influential our role is to the health of our ocean, especially those who are fortunate enough to live close to it and call Vancouver home.

Video – Installation Piece (recycled materials)



Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6J 1A3

Time: Tuesday – Sunday (10am – 5pm)

Tickets: $14