09 March 2011

Recycled art as an act of resilience

still from video clip interview / via NPR
My thesis research has taken a turn back towards a year-old conversation for me, about rubble in Haiti.

In my brief survey of where the status of rubble clearance and solutions lie, I came across this compelling piece by NPR correspondent David Gilkey about an artist, Andre Eugene, who has been making sculpture out of recycled material as a way of giving himself and others hope for rebuilding.

I still have to clarify my intentions, but this is one example of how re-aestheticizing waste - considering how rubble can take on a new life in a reconstructed form - can do more than just be recycling.