Collaborate with me
I'm looking for a few meticulous, dedicated people to help me collect items over a prescribed period of time that I can then turn into impressive time-based artwork about our consumption patterns. Specific items I'm looking for are below, but I'm open to ideas if you have access to an existing treasure trove of ---. I'm open to collaboration with individuals or groups.
I'm fascinated with capturing individuals' consumption over time. What does a year's worth of plastic look like? I answered that (at least anecdotally) in Year of Plastic, Family of Four, but I want a broader picture. What about a lifetime's worth of shoes? Unless you live in a place that regularly incinerates trash, chances are, every single pair of shoes you've ever worn are still on this planet somewhere. Toothbrushes? Ok, yuck, but you get the point. I want to capture long-term consumption and turn it into art so we can better see ourselves.
What I'm looking for:
I'm currently working on a collaboration with a local run group to collect all their cast-off shoes during a one year period. Collection is in progress, but I could potentially use more clubs for greater impact. Bonus if you have a venue to display the final artwork!
From first steps to the teenage years, I'm interested in capturing childhood through the lens of used shoes. I would need an individual to commit to sending me every pair of worn out and outgrown shoes from their kiddo for 3-5 years. Open to any ages under 18 but it's important that I receive all shoes from a given time period, not just a pair here or there.
How many Ziploc bags do people go through in a year? For this collab, I wouldn't want your used bags, rather I'd want strict accounting of bag use. It might look like this: when you buy a box of bags, write the date of purchase on the box. When you finish it, send a pic to report the results back to me and I'll turn the data into art.
Another Year of Plastic
Knowing that different people have different habits, I'd like to continue this series of quilts that reflect a year of foldable single-use plastic in an individual's or family's life. If you're interested, you must be a meticulously clean and hyper-organized person. I can only accept clean plastic with absolutely NO food or oily residue, and I want every piece of plastic that would otherwise be thrown out.