IT started as a walk on the beach for two friends who were helping out with the cleanup effort on Magnetic Island after Cyclone Yasi. Local artists Michelle McGuinn and Julie Stark were picking up flotsam – that’s nautical talk for rubbish that floats up on the beach – in Horseshoe Bay. They were intrigued by the repetition of certain items in the huge bag they had collected. Those ubiquitous single thongs ( why is there never a matching pair?) a plethora of plastic bottle caps in a delightful variety of colours, an equal but unmatched assortment of plastic bottles and all those gnarly old toothbrushes. ‘‘ The mauve coloured Harpic toilet duck was a highlight,’’ laughed Julie, an art teacher and print-maker. So they decided to make a work of art out of it all, a hanging sculpture of panels called ‘‘ Flotsam & Jetsam & Cyclone Yasi’’. It is hanging at the MIArtspace on Bright Avenue in Arcadia and is definitely worth seeing.
The toothbrush panel