“Art is not, as the metaphysicians say, the manifestation of some mysterious idea of beauty or God; it is not, as the aesthetical physiologists say, a game in which man lets off his excess of stored-up energy; it is not the expression of man’s emotions by external signs; it is not the production of pleasing objects; and, above all, it is not pleasure; but it is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.”

︎ Leo Tolstoy, What is Art?

I adhere to Tolstoy ‘s approach to art, defined in his 1898 essay. I create objects from plastic waste that with time will not diminish but rather increase in value. The assumption is that petroleum, like art, has a very high value as a commodity. The bet is to "up-cycle" its weight, at the end of its life cycle, in terms of value, aesthetics and message: putting forth elements that would otherwise have been discarded and pushing towards a reevaluation of the relationship we have with waste. Plastic no longer ends up as waste but rather as a crafted piece of art.

HEAT TREATMENT ︎ Plastic is retrieved before it becomes waste or just before it is recycled and heat-treated to create surfaces of varying thicknesses.

BLOWING ︎ Each step of the recycling process is scanned (sorting, grinding, washing, and extruding) to intervene in the final step - blowing.

ASSEMBLING ︎ Cubes of compressed plastic bottles are transposed to create spatial volumes within the public space.

WEAVING ︎ Plastic is collected before it is thrown out. It is then manipulated to create a warp and a weft that in turn is woven into a controlled flat surface. The approach here is very much one of a designer maker. Appropriating a traditional craft in an innovative manner.

I am an artist who uses craft to design.
I am a designer who uses art to craft.
I am a crafts(wo)man who uses design to art. ︎

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