This group of work documents all of my non perishable trash collected over the course of one year (2011) and sorted into like materials, reduced to bits and assembeled into minimal forms. With consideration to the traditions of readymades and appropriation, one thing I am interested the potential for materials to preserve their autonomy as something yet to be consumed.
Utilizing unique qualities of materials usually considered to be trash to act as a record of experience, the work explores the nature of the self and origins of identity and the relationship between past present and future. These works are also generated through methods of obliteration and erasure.
Conceived as being essentially formless, relating to the combination of shredded forms, as well as moments and memories, the work explores the act of becoming, confronting and acknowledging legacy, the influence of time, experience, and change. These works exist in a state of being ready-to-be-re-made.
The visual mixture of shredded materials, like static, confetti, or pointillism, creates mystery and intrigue and gives the impression of what has once been, and now existing in the present, and allows the viewer to project their own views, carrying the work into the future.
In contrast to awe inspiring images and sculptures visualizing consumption and waste on massive global/industrial scales by artists like Edward Burtynsky, Chris Jordan, and Tara Donovan, my work reflects consumption isolated to an individual and precious scale anyone can directly relate to.
While environmental concerns, issues of high/low culture and value are important; the works are not limited to readings of these surface aspects. I am also interested in other ideas, like fragility, isolation, or loneliness in relation to assumptions and judgments based on appearances.
Partly a calendar, zigzagging back and forth from top to bottom tracking the biological output of hair shed from my head over 365 days, (all the works in this project begin and end on the winter solstice), the project reflects on time spent through the act of living, and universal acts of creation.