RECYCLING

I just want to make a few comments about recycling.  Most of my work is made using recycled materials.  Stuff that was headed to a landfill or junkyard.  Maybe some of it would have been recycled along the way.  I think the total ‘junk’ in the 200 or so ‘upcycled’ items in my shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/destructivetesting) might not fill my weekly home trash container.

The importance of recycled materials to me is really the aesthetic value it has. It has had a use, a ‘life’, a history.  It shows the wear of it’s use, and is no longer ‘useful’ for it’s original purpose.  To me, these are all advantages over new materials.  New materials will only show what I am able to bring out of them.  They have no real ‘life’ of their own, only what someone adds to them.  

The photo above shows my work bench with several piles of ‘junk’.  When items from my various stashes of ‘junk’ reach this place, I already have some idea about what I’m going to use them for.  Some things sit here for a week, get pushed around, have something added to their little pile.     to be continued….

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About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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4 Responses to RECYCLING

  1. Eleni says:

    Love the work space 🙂 One persons JUNK is another persons inspiration 🙂

  2. unexpectedlighting says:

    I have to have a lot of stuff around so the different items can start up conversations with each other and tell me what to do with them. I’m kind of a dating service for trash.

  3. This is a reply to http://unexpectedlighting.wordpress.com/ above. Yes, that’s just what I was trying to say, but you do it more eloquently!

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