Beautiful Waste Series
Living in urban and suburban societies, nature becomes what is outside the door – often far from the pastoral ideal of grassy slopes and bubbling streams, and more often, the concrete streets and alley ways, littered with discarded objects, after usefulness or beauty has faded in the eye of its beholder. This includes not only scraps of papers and textiles, but metals, wood, and ceramics, tossed away and left to disappear beneath or beside the unseeing footsteps of pedestrians.
I search out these items that are not necessarily unknown, only largely ignored and devalued. I find this world of secrets open to me while walking down a street and am amazed by the hundreds of pennies waiting to be noticed, by the sections of wires now curled into spirals, by the abandoned hardware with a fine layer of rust. Each of these is constructed and crafted intentionally, making each a feat of design. All it takes is someone with the eyes to see beyond the surface.