Being that my proposal commented on how personal indulgences contributed to the decline of critical environmental structures, such as reefs, I wanted to make this project completely recyclable. Every little thing needed to break down from this installation. I couldn't (morally) speak to an issue and then simply contribute to the same problem. This forced me away from plastic bottles. I proposed to create a sculptural coral reef out of leftover cylindrical toilet paper and paper towel rolls using a recyclable adhesive. Beyond the material constraints and overall reef form, I needed to set more limitations on the work. I decided to only use the rolls I would personally finish between the proposal acceptance date and the exhibition date.
I sent the email proposal off and waited anxiously for a reply.
After a couple of months, I heard back. My proposal had been chosen for a solo exhibition in the Project Space at the Angels Gate Cultural Center. There were 6 months until the show and the collection phase began immediately.