Vase of Flowers

Vase of Flowers

Vase of Flowers, 2019

formed recyclable plastic on altered giclee print in found frame

20” x 17” x 7”

I refer to my practice as “Studio Craft” after reading M. Anna Fariello’s essay “Making and Naming: The Lexicon of Studio Craft” and realizing we both struggle with society’s need to create labels. The perceived hierarchy of craft and art are perfect examples of a ranking system that is decided by how society determines worth or value.  Utilizing craft to re-envision and reinvent history through a material that is actually trash is a mechanism to create a bit of confusion and questioning in the viewer once they have the “Aha!” moment and realize what the medium actually is. I purposely use certain printed plastics as signifiers such as a Starbucks cup that most can recognize as a fellow consumer. The reflective quality of the poured resin background suggests the viewers shared responsibility when they see their image staring back.