Kristine Marie Cummins

Garbage Art 2.0 at the DIY Fest

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InDIYpendent Culture Faire poster

Poster for the inDIYpendent Culture Faire 2011. Designer unknown.

The inDIYpendent Culture Faire came back for a second time in Fall 2011 with a new location than the old dusty warehouse the year before. It was hosted at the Slack Collective Studios in downtown Napa and for a second time, I re-imagined garbage into a new work of art than my “Tree of Life” from the previous year.

Recycling a 6 x 4¬†foot framed painting, I adhered garbage that I had collected to the canvas with a hot-glue gun. Then, I bathed the entire surface including the frame, with white spray paint for a “blank slate”. The garbage was disinfected, white-washed, purified and cleansed! It could have been any color but in this context, white universally symbolizes purity, so I made the garbage anew. However, the canvas was just too achromatic for me, so colored plastic bottle caps dotted the surface, streaming in an upward direction like a flowing stream, symbolizing bringing new life back to the discarded refuse.

This work of art is in storage at the moment, but I am looking forward to pulling it out for a good cleaning and better photographs. I actually liked this piece so much that I had it hanging next to my bed for about a year before I moved.



Garbage art taking shape

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