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WASTELAND

 

In a world where we build sociological and economic welfare and infrastructure on naturally occurring raw materials, it is not a if but when, they will run out. Naturally occurring materials are a lacking group of materials, and therefore, craftsmen and designers must find alternative mining methods for resourcing precious raw materials or processing already produced waste. Today's produced material will be tomorrow's mined resources. In this project I am intergrading waste materials from local industries into the materials glass and ceramics. All ceramic objects have been made with remanence from the garbage industry. In order to make these sculptures I collaborated with BOFA the local waste-to-energy plant. 

Waste that cannot be reused or recycled often ends up in landfills, but some of it is being used as a resource for heat and electricity. However, as global population increases so does the consumption of goods and the creation of waste. Thus as the impact of accelerating human activity on earth is revealing itself, we encounter how deeply our cultural identity is intertwined with the landscape. The nature of our societies is an imminent consequence of our unnatural habits, and as a result we are now experiencing ecological grief. Lost of land, of water, of animals and natural habitats, how do we deal with these drastic changes? In this project I am investigating further use of the byproducts from industries. Ashes from garbage are being incapsulated in ceramics and in the process organic matter burns away, glass melts and unknown metals are revealed. WASTELAND inspires humanity to observe the drastic development of material in a bio-geophysical setting. By questioning material innovation, I hope to make a difference in how we perceive consumption and materiality in a human context.

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