I’ve been thinking about this idea for the last couple of weeks since I went through our plastic bag drawer and saw all the different shades of storm coloured bags I’ve been collecting with our veggies from the Prahran markets. They reminded me of the sky out our window of late, and I thought I’d bring some of it inside with me…..
I love the shadows that appear on our walls each evening when I turn on the lights!
This work grew from a slide of an artists work I saw in a lecture during second year fine arts at Massey – A series of transient installations that used empty spaces in un-leased shops and abandoned buildings. The artist had covered entire walls and or ceiling space with plastic bags to form a whole new texture surface – Almost like a skin or membrane that moved and rustled as the viewer moved through the space.
I love the idea of giving value to something that is usually seen as disposable, trash to be discarded without a thought – I wanted to turn them into something beautiful and bright.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to track down the name of the artist from the slides – My lecture books are somewhere in a box in our storage unit in Wellington (And were usually sadly lacking of any actual useful notes) - This is when I really regret how bad I am with remembering names… One of the reasons I never took art history! Frustrating as I can remember the slides, which lecture they were from, even the room it was held in and the people sitting next to me during that class.
…. If my description somehow rings any bells at all to anyone, I would so love to hear from you - It’s driving me nuts that I can’t give credit to the original work that got me thinking down this track!
Plastic bags are actually a really interesting medium to work with – In my trawl through the internetz looking for reference to said artists work I did come across this beautiful installation put up by Luzinterruptus outside the The Prado Museum in Madrid …The description in english is down at the bottom of the page
I also found a piece by Joanna Langford entitled The Whisper Lands which was created for the Auckland 2009 Art fair. It incorporates suspended clusters of interlinked white plastic clouds from the ceiling, and fans to make the work ‘breathe’ – I’ve seen some of her work when she displayed at Enjoy Gallery in Wellington a couple of years ago, but this is the first time I’ve come across her clouds.