Poetics of the Discarded
In Poetics of the Discarded,I focus on refuse sites, those strategically hidden places usually relegated to the outskirts of town. With an interest in memory and objects, I was influenced by the mass of collective memory each scrap heap represented. Within the refuse there were mounds and mounds of history: the detritus of days spent, life and death, business, conveniences, sentimental things broken, and so much more.
The creative response to visiting refuse sites was a visceral, tactile, and physically releasing experience for me. The artwork in Poetics of the Discardedbrings scrap heaps out of their places of exile and makes them into cultural monuments. By creating these towering entities of lively brushstrokes, I invite the viewer to discover, as I did, an intrinsic beauty in these sites. In these artworks, refuse sites are re-contextualized and resurrected as a visual reminder of the ongoing narrative between humans and their environment. These painterly renderings of toppling scrap heaps quietly remind us: that which we discard doesn’t disappear.