I make art from trash. The best materials are reusable ones. That’s why I like to work with pencil sharpener shavings, waxed paper, net bags from produce, damaged books, newsprint, and of course, paint and glue.
And let’s not forget my favorite—GLITTER!
You were meant to SPARKLE, baby!
Throw some glitter on it!
I used to think I wasn’t good enough to make art. I can’t draw and didn’t study painting (unless you count my middle school art classes) or fine arts (until I went to VCFA for writing), but I felt like I wasn’t worthy of the visual arts scene. I’m happy to share with you that I was swallowing a lie that many of us digest, much to our upset stomachs–that art is only for the most talented, the most revered. That’s bologna. Art is for everyone! You don’t even need easels or canvases or paints to do it.
You can make art with ANYTHING! Cereal boxes make great, free canvases. You can tape or glue anything to them, color them, or crumple them up and sculpt with them. Next time your wrapping up a sandwich? Ball up that wax paper or plastic wrap and use it as a paint brush to apply paint or any staining liquid (beet juice works great!). Or use that wad as clay and form it into a shape that pleases or inspires you. I like to make hearts and flowers, but you could do anything. I’ve even made a family of elephants from waxed paper that I dipped in pencil shavings, glue, and gray paints.
Long story short: Art is anything you enjoy making. Or anything that allows you to express an emotion that you don’t want to carry in your body anymore. Art is liberation.
What do you want to be free from?
Hold that thought and let your hands do the rest. Then take a pic and show me what you made on my Instagram page! I’d love to see what liberates you.
Remember, you aren’t creating for a gallery. The most important art is the art you make for yourself.
“Gordon, the Endangered Sea Turtle” is a mixed media project aimed at raising awareness of how our trash affects the oceans and marine life. I’m hoping this piece will ask the viewer to consider their own participation in reducing consumerism and recycling materials. Gordon’s shell is used waxed paper, his fins are old latex gloves, and his stomach is made from packing paper.
No materials were purchased to make any of my pieces except for the canvas they are mounted on and paint. In this way, creativity is defined by using what you already have.
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