Ethan Estess: Tradewinds at M Stark Gallery

  • Address:
    727 Main Street
    Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Ethan Estess uses upcycled nylon fishing rope, sourced directly from commercial fisheries, to bring attention to the problem of marine plastic pollution beyond consumer straws and plastic bags. His beautifully colored seascapes are a magical second life for the colored rope, evoking Kanagawa’s Great Wave and 70s Op Art. Estess holds a BS and MS in earth systems from Stanford University, an interdisciplinary program that includes marine science, science communication, studio art, and mechanical engineering. Estess lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA.

Pictured: Ethan Estess, Sunset no. 35, 2023, marine debris collected off the beaches of O'ahu, 40.5 inches diameter.