In The Burden of the Sea, I explored placing the voice of the ocean on to my body. I invited a group of people gathered at Løkken Beach in Northern Denmark to take part in this performance by gathering the trash that the waves had washed ashore. With an old fishing net [2,5 x 6 m] I collected the debris, dragging the net after me through the wet sand. This was a slow process that only became more difficult as the net accumulated debris and sank further into the surface. Little by little I made my way, the tracks along the beach behind me left a temporary trace of my actions, yet these marks quickly faded. Taking on this burden, I felt the loneliness and helplessness of the sea; like the waves, my constant labour could only change the environment temporarily, as long as human accumulation continued to outpace my personal efforts.
Photos: Georgia Colman