This series is a response to the current movement to eliminate plastic bags from consumer use due to their negative environmental impact. Each one-of-a-kind sculpture is based on a plastic bag I have collected in a shop or on the street. I hand-embroider the icons and text onto bridal organza and then form the material into the life-sized shape of the bag. The sculptures are delicate ghosts of the original bags, mass-produced plastic replaced with soft, tediously worked fabric.
Simply beautiful. Her work made me think of Zoë Sheehan Saldaña
and her body of work Shopdropping.
Faded Glory Ruched Shoulder Tank (China Red), 2003
Originally purchased on June 18, 2003 for $9.77 from the Wal-Mart store in Berlin, Vermont.
The clothing was duplicated by hand, matching pattern, fabric, and embellishments. The tags
from the original item were sewn into the duplicate. The duplicate was returned to the rack in Wal-Mart for potential sale at $9.77.
Left: purchased item – Right: photograph of duplicate.
Maintaining an almost whimsical approach to the subject, both artists have very similar views on mass production and consumerism. The delicacy and craft devoted by each, lends even more to the shrouded meaning both are trying to exude via their work.