Updated: Jun 5, 2019
That way when your haters say "that art is trash" they can be preaching that TRUTH.
IS THAT ART?
That drawer full of stuff you don't know what to do with. The jewelry you don't wear, but can't give away. The brightly colored straws from the boba tea place you always forget to bring your own to-go cup to. Broken keychain bits you see curbside. All those freaking keys you have and can't remember for the life of you what they go to. The mardi gras beads you drunkenly wore home one night from...where? The hair clips missing half their arms. Empty lip gloss tubes. The. List. Is. Endless.
HEY! DON'T THROW THAT AWAY!
As marginalized humans living in the world of excessive packaging, branding, and buying, it is wayyyy to easy to disassociate from all the stuff we put in a garbage bag, roll out to the curb, and never think about again. But even if we don't wanna think about our scary trash island the size of Texas floating in the ocean, it doesn't make it go away. Okay. Scary.
I like things to be pretty. Brightly colored, busy, surprising. And I am so surprised at the things we have in our everyday lives that have a one-use purpose. Isn't there some Dalai Lama quote about how if someone doesn't believe one person can have an impact then try sleeping in a room with a mosquito? That's how I like to think about collecting "trash" and giving it a new purpose. I don't want this thing that had time, energy and materials put meticulously into it to be discarded at the expense of our planet's health and open spaces. I want to respect it. Give it a purpose. Make it beautiful, make it feel happy. Then I feel happy. It's a lil' happiness cycle. Now I'm not advocating for you to start saving your snotty tissues and threadbare underwear elastic, no. What I'm saying is take a closer look at the things you take for granted that might possibly make for an interesting texture, background, border, undercoat or preliminary layer.
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One of the coolest things about repurposing items like this, is that the material cost is virtually eliminated. Mostly free, to an extent. Who doesn't love free?! No one. That's who. And then the coolness just keeps flowing. BIG THOUGHT: If by incorporating recycled materials your overall cost margin is reduced, couldn't this have an affect on the overall price of the work itself? Now i'm not saying you should give your work away for free. Hell no. Artwork is work. But I am saying that we can extend the audience and receivers of the art by creating accessibility to those who may not have the means to drop 5K on a painting. Maybe we can create little ripples, reverberations, subtle sound waves in our community by sharing our love of art with others through affordability. Let the little ones gain access. What if a ten year old could buy a found object necklace for themselves at $7 bucks? (side note: do 10 year olds have allowances? Do allowances still exist? Asking for a friend) What if this impacted their lives by allowing them to begin exploring the idea of investing in art from an early age and creating a lifelong bond with the cultural vibrance unique to their community? What if someone saw something like this and said, "I could do that. I've got a jar full of bright green milk bottle lids at home." and then they created some snazzy recycled goodie and another trash bag full of stuff was kept out of the landfill? What if one by one we intentionally affected our carbon footprint and then ultimately saved our world a bit of hassle? Just sayin.
It sounds simple, and maybe it can be.
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