“A Place at the Table”
Although it might seem strange to make a picnic table for the birds and bees, it is my attempt to symbolically play a positive role in my food web and create awareness of habitat destruction. These waxed-cardboard produce boxes once contained fruit and vegetables which were the result of pollination. By planting a food source intended for pollinators, I give back, helping to continue the cycle. By making this table child-sized, I attempt to focus attention on the idea that if we do not take care of pollinators, our children will be forever hungry. Planting wheat grass is my bird-friendly way of referencing the beautiful, yet incredibly sterile, golf-course-style lawns we just cannot seem to give up. Not only are these lawns dead zones for birds and insects, they often are the result of habitat destruction for the sake of empty beauty. It is my hope that greater awareness will grow concerning their negative impact and lack of sustainability.
Too often we find ourselves questioning whether or not our efforts to be
sustainable are having a positive effect on the world. While the efforts to
become more sustainable are increasing, it is still hard to tell how soon
our generation will see a favorable outcome. It is important to initiate
more awareness about sustainable issues in our community, and encourage
people to make small changes.
“Refined Nature” serves to make people aware of the waste they produce. The
United States produces 4.543 million tons of solid waste annually, and each
individual accounts for approximately 1700 pounds of that waste. Shopping
bags alone create 300,000 tons of landfill waste every year in America, the
equivalent of one billion shopping bags. “Refined Nature” is made from trash
produced on campus. Each item represents the waste we are producing in the
Agnes Scott community on a daily basis. The holes where light is allowed
into the sculpture represent the little bits of sustainable efforts we have
achieved. Agnes Scott is making huge strides toward becoming a waste-free
campus, and if each student makes their own small contribution, it will add
up over time.
“Leading Lady” recreates the ideal of the Statue of Liberty. Throughout history, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized superiority, freedom, unity, and the “American Dream”. I opted to alter this image, conveying a broken and distressed rendition. The United States assembled the illusion of superior standing to other nations, and imperial stature that should be every nation’s desire. However, the United States is slowly regressing, unable to protect and provide for its people. However, I chose to raise the question of the validity of this statement; is the United States unable or unwilling to fulfill its duties?
Many times people hesitate to or are too naive to question the information fed to them or the truth behind local and national occurrences. With designing “Leading Lady,” I aimed to bridge the gap of uncertainty and awareness in order to evoke a passion within viewers to not plainly accept what is given but to search for a deeper understanding. Embodying abstract qualities, “Leading Lady” allows for viewers to additionally develop their own individual opinion and ideals, all of which this country is based.
Duality is a two figure sculpture which has a black figure (trash bags, staples, sweet gum tree seed pods, leaves) and a white figure (plastic bottles, glass bottles, packaging tape) juxtaposed. I wanted to create a piece that visually brought awareness and attention to the disparity that exists between these two groups. Each figure represents an opposite end of the environmental justice spectrum; the white figure is somewhat upright, hanging on the wall and should be seen first. The black trash figure placed near the sewer drain on the ground is an after-thought, demonstrating the invisibility and negligence that marginalized people experience when it comes to environmental issues. It’s so easy to forget about the man in the sewer on a day-to-day basis, but people are still fighting for equal and just treatment. While some have the option of drinking bottled water, many others are fighting just to keep their water turned on for basic hygienic needs. This installation piece is meant to create a dialogue between the haves and the have-nots, the privileged and the underrepresented, and the visible and the forgotten.
“The Plastic Tree”
This plastic tree has come to have a life of its own. The original idea has morphed over and over again on its own. Somewhere along the way, the plastic leaves changed from being the focus of the work, to being a tool. You could say that they are the paint, the sun is the brush, and the ground around the plastic tree is the canvas. Ultimately, the meaning of this tree became this: that if you look at anything from the right angle, it has the potential of being beautiful.
“Waldemart Lord of (over) Consumption”
“The Alternative to Trash”
The alternative to trash is the title of my sculpture. I have created this piece through self-analysis about how and why I handle trash along with the statement, minimum input with maximum output. When I began thinking of how to portray an informing and inspiring recyclable sculpture, I knew that personally if something is fun and enjoyable, I am likely to do it again and again if applicable so I incorporated this alluring factor into my sculpture. You see this alluring factor in the sculpture through the tire swing and joyfulness that a swing brings to mind. My intentions for this sculpture were to not preach the importance and need for recycling but to show the happiness and positive reactions through the use of the swing for recycling. The idea of a swing came from the thinking of examples that involved minimum input with maximum output. Because when you swing all you need is a push and you’re on your way. Along with the swing, recycling also fits into the minimum input with maximum out put. All you have to do is drop your old papers in the recycling bin and they can go off and be reused. To me, combining the two really emphasized the collaboration between the sustainability office and our sculpting class. The materials I used were surprisingly easy to gather which made the processes not only less stressful but much more enjoyable which is what recycling is.
My piece is simply called Power, for it not only shows three different forms of recycling power (water, solar, and wind power), but it also shows how the power of recycling can create something amazing. Most people view recycling as just another thing to worry about, just one more thing on the ‘to do’ list. I wanted to show how recycling can be fun. I used pcp pipes, plastic bottles, cans, straws, just anything I could find in my garage to make Power. My original idea was to make a self sustaining fountain, but unfortunately I was not able to defy the laws of physics, meaning that I could not get the water pressure to push the water past the original water line. When I figured out that it was not possible I took a break and thought things over. I knew that I wanted to have flowing water to make my water mill work, so I came up with this ‘waterfall’ idea. I really like how my piece makes the audience interact with it instead of being just something to look at. It is showing that you can cause something amazing to happen by recycling since we use the same water over and over in my piece. It shows that you can make a difference if you just put forth the effort.