Rethinking the Plastic Bag
sculptures, costume and installation
This body of work uses plastic bags as the basic medium. The concept began as a form of recycled art but has evolved to incorporate social-political themes and the the theme of labor as art. By deconstructing the plastic bag and giving it new form I am commenting on the consumerist, throw-away culture that we live in. The process here is almost as important as the final outcome. Bags are meticulously cut, woven, knit or otherwise re-constructed. In addition bags are the inspiration for a number of drawings and photograms.
Below are a few drawings of plastic bags. Ink, gouache, watercolor.
Below are traditional darkroom photograms of plastic bags. Some have been manipulated in photoshop post-darkroom.