So far I have gotten the following artifacts for artwork I am planning to exhibit August 2017:
- A lotion pump valve
- Plastic spirals from spiral notebooks
- Super scratched sunglasses
- Parts of mini audio tapes
- 2 ripped bags for baby wipes
- A hologram card that was a free children's prize
- A chewed up dog toy
I have been amazed at the diversity and glad that I am getting the chance to work with a few items I myself have not had to ponder, namely the mini audio tapes and baby wipe bags. We have dog tops galore and I have yet to include them — that could be interesting!
The first step for me this past weekend (that's right — I am finally getting started!) was to organize my studio and categorize the artifacts. Here is where I placed the new items alongside my own artifacts:
- Lotion pump valve went in with thin linear objects, like straws, stir sticks, etc.
- Plastic spirals went in with other plastic spirals
- Sunglasses are going in with "misc items" for now. Distinctive cool things are the hardest for me to work with because they have a cool quality all their own. I tend to not want to ruin them, but yet am not sure if I want them to stand out. Tricky stuff, but I love a challenge.
- Parts of mini-audio tapes- goes in clear plastic packaging (another cool item!)
- Baby wipe bags- goes with colored, soft plastic packaging which I typically like to include in weavings
- Hologram card- goes in "misc items" for now
- Chewed dog toy- goes in "misc items" for now
Categorizing artifacts is always my first step of brainstorming to make an artwork. This is something I will talk about at my artist workshop on Earth Day, April 22 from 3- 5 PM at the Marmalade Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Well, I am going to sign off now, but I will leave you with a final humorous quote, a plea, and a cool image and link:
Quote:"I pick up other people's trash, I am sort of obsessed." -Eric Close
Plea: Please send your artifact, give me challenge, "be a part of the art"!
Art and website: Check out this picture from an artist who makes art out of trash that washes up in Mexico. I found it on this cool website that actually has a lot of admirable artwork.