Hull resident Jackie Ranney can make art out of anything – especially trash.
Ranney started TArt, a collection of art, after finishing construction on her house. She realized that the beach trash she had been collecting for years would be a perfect part of her paintings, while raising awareness of ocean pollution.
The idea “just occurred to me one day,” says Ranney, “this might be something that I can do to address my passion.”
For her, “the materials are actually really beautiful once they’re not trash anymore.”
Ranney incorporates into her art many different forms of trash that she finds on the beach, as well as construction debris.
To make her artwork, Ranney starts with a piece of trash or a few pieces and tries to “work around it or build on it. … I just have to begin and start, and not even think about it.” The goal is to let the art “evolve as I’m working.”
“One painting can have several bags full of trash embedded in it,” Ranney explains, and they make the pieces “really dynamic.”
“I roam the beaches, and I’ve always collected beach trash,” says Ranney, noting, “The more people who pick up the beach, the better.”
She moved to Hull three years ago after living in Texas. She recalls staying “for just a few weeks,” and then she “fell in love with the town.” Of her adopted hometown, she says that “geographically it’s really incredible,” and “I found the people to be really authentic.”
Passionate about the issue of climate change and ocean pollution, Ranney believes that her art “serves a purpose of bringing awareness to all the pollution.”
“Everybody loves to go to the beach, but there are underlying problems,” she says. “Everything we buy and throw away, all this trash goes somewhere, and a lot of it’s going into the ocean.”
She hopes people will start “being more kind to the ocean.”
You can view Ranney’s work on her website, www.jackieranneygallery.com. All the pieces shown are for sale, and interested parties can purchase them or ask questions by emailing her. She also does commissions and is currently looking for gallery representation.