Local artist and activist Kim Thomas collects plastic waste and transforms it into art — her diverse artistic practice ranges from sculpture and printmaking to video and performance-based art.

Despite the varied approaches Thomas uses, all of her works share a common theme: human consumption and its relationship to pollution. Thomas shows how discarded materials (especially single-use plastics) have become entangled in our natural environment and our daily lives.

“All of my work circles back to how single-use plastics are impacting our environment and the burdens that may carry onto future generations,” she said.

Thomas presents an exhibition, The Open Chapters of Plastic, at the Saul Alexander Gallery within the Charleston County Library (68 Calhoun St.) through the end of the month.

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