The Garden Project


For this project  I will continue to use post-consumer materials that cannot be recycled therefore must be discarded in landfills. Much of this material includes cellophane and plastic wrapping for food, Styrofoam packaging, plastic bottle caps and straws, etc. items that often end up discarded along the way including along the beaches and shorelines.

This is a site-specific project to be installed in the Dana Garden within the Dana Fine Arts building, and continuing into the Dalton gallery “through” the glass entry way(s) and up and across the wall in between. Care will be taken not to disturb the natural course of the garden with an emphasis placed on respecting the life within.
By using trash to create nature I am asking questions about what we expect from continued disposal of post-consumption packaging not designed to meet the requirements for recycling. I will limit the use of adhesives and purchased nails, wood, etc. by using as much “rescued” material as possible.

Screen shot 2013-02-04 at 2.55.03 PMDuring Spring 2012 I collected everything from my household that was to be discarded or recycled. By the end of the project I had become slightly obsessed about not tossing out anything that held possibilities for re-creation into something that could be seen as valuable. The result has been an endless supply of material to sculpt with and tremendous insight into the nature of our consumer culture, my consumer habits, and the peril these habits hold for our beautiful yet fragile planet. When my grandson was born a year ago and I held him in my arms for the first time I knew I would always want a better world for him to grow up in and to have that I would have to do my part. The Hangout Project became the first in what I hope will be an ongoing series and become part of the dialogue about the environment.


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