Fantastic Quilt n°5
Hand stitched recycled plastic bags H49" x W12" “Fantastic” explores concepts of consumption and convenience in relation to natural cycles of time and labor. This art series comprises artworks and short videos. All pieces are 90% created with plastic, a material generally valued for its convenience and low cost of production. Produced through laborious, time-consuming hand-work applied to otherwise mundane, commonplace materials, the works create an unexpected transformation. Presented and re-contextualized in jarring and awkward scenarios, the plastic items acquire undeniably higher value, reminiscent of the ingenious chemistry invented by humans to create polymers. Plastic is durable, in both threatening and productive ways, although the uses to which it is put are generally ephemeral and discounted. The collected works seek to prompt reflections on the value of inventiveness, the worth of the discarded, and the preciousness of time.