Trash: Things discarded, worn, broken, used up. How casually we make and then throw out these things that are no longer valuable or functional. What if we transformed this junk, this waste… what if we found a new purpose for these purposeless things?
Art can stimulate, aggravate, shock, intrigue, beautify, clarify. What can you find that is thrown away and repurpose into something artful that evokes an emotion within us?
Artists were presented with a challenge and an opportunity: step outside of their normal artistic parameters, create in a new way, using materials scavenged and found.
As an artist who works with found and recycled materials I utilize simple fabrication techniques and processes to transform common manufactured goods into up-cycled products or forms that offer alternative meanings . . .
I recycle and re-contextualize discarded objects to create and overcome compositional challenges of combining common materials. Much like building a puzzle, I get the same thrill from using salvaged items when they form a connection to each other . . .
This piece of trash-found-art, destined for the landfill, was discovered while dismantling and separating sections of some old kitchen cabinets that had been glued together with a caulking gun and contact cement . . .