Using mostly discarded, abandoned and reclaimed materials, my “environmental folk art” honors those forgotten things and celebrates recycling as an art form. That shattered, busted and cracked piece of metal or wood lying in the streets or on the beach, is the focal point of my found objects sculptures. There is an abundance of items thrown away, left behind and forgotten on a daily basis that are free, plentiful and readily available. Every nail, screw, bottle cap, piece of wood, wire or metal has its own story as it has gone through some journey to end up discarded. Each item was useless on its own. The twisted nails, metal scraps and old bottle caps display an individual weak roughness, but when paired with other fragmented pieces, they convey strength. Their interaction with one another is accomplished through detailed layering in a graphic and interesting medley highlighted with bold colors to create an unusual balance of industry and art. When damaged, disconnected and incomplete things come together in an unexpected and imaginative way, a distinct plainness becomes a raw form of beauty. Who would have thought a pull-tab or bottle cap could be repurposed as a fish gill or a bird’s wing? Or a broken coat hanger serve as fence post or chimney tile?
By rescuing these forgotten items from the streets and beaches, I am doing my part to keep these things from polluting the landfills, streets and waterways. I hope to challenge viewers to see if they can locate various discarded items and gain a new appreciation for their artistic value.