The Great Indoors. Rice Gallery Houston, TX
Photo Courtesy: Nash Baker
I am fascinated with the malleability of matter. The forms in my work are derivative of nightmares I had when I was a child. My fodder is junk mail, litter, waste & nightmares. My job is to transform these things into art. My work is a meditative practice in alchemy, enantiodromia, positive spin, acceptance & balance.
When there is a negative or downward trajectory of motion inherent to a material, I like to focus my energy on changing that direction. For example, the work I've been doing with plastic bottles -- without intervention, used plastic bottles have basically 2 options: becoming landfill, or maybe getting recycled. In the past year, I have intercepted approximately 30,000 bottles from the waste stream, turning them into art instead of allowing them to go into landfill, our oceans, or the environmentally costly recycling process.
Junk mail shares a similarly depressing fate with the bottles. I have transformed the activity of opening up the mail and finding a depressing mass of garbage and credit card applications into a pleasant experience wherein I am able to discover new batches of art supplies. The language, costly graphic devices and fancy printing used in junk mail also give it a persuasive, positive and personal flavor, which I prefer to use in my art. My practice is essentially about recognizing and embracing new possibilities while encouraging others to do the same.
Aurora is Canadian, but grew up in Hawaii & has lived in New York for 19 years. She currently lives & works in Brooklyn.
Image Above: The Great Indoors, 2008
Installation: Rice University Art Gallery in Houston, TX. Approx 44' x 40' x 16'
Recycled plastic bottles, rivets, tinted polycrylic, solar powered LEDs, monofilament.
Made from 15,000 plastic drinking bottles.
Photograph by David Mazer