Detritus Artists: Sustainable Art - Page 2
Both artists were surprised by the volume of items trucked to the dump. This only shows that unless we look, we don't realize how the dump is a catch-all for all kinds of items that still have use in them.
Scholz and Britton found materials dated from the 19th century, which means that the dump was more than just a private art-supply store to them, it was also an antique store that contained items that are well over 50 years old, which qualifies any item as an antique.
Some items were even brand new and still in the box. Even something as simple as wood spanned the ages, ranging from old-growth timber ripped out in demolition jobs on old buildings to planks so new they oozed sap.
One day, Britton found a cart that worked well at holding salvaged paints and the like. She cleaned it off and then realized she probably should get some protective gloves for that kind of job. A day later, she found a new box of latex gloves while poking through a pile of debris.
Items she incorporated into her art included an antique blind and old paper; she also ground up old stationery and made her own paper. Old printer cartridge inks provided washes of color.
There was no shortage of source materials, either, with scores of thrown-away maps and even some flight plans serving as inspiration.
Most of us would think that it's impossible to find exactly what we need in a dump, when we need it, but contrary to such an entrenched belief, these artists prove that all it takes is effort to find the needed items. The dump contains such a large variety of goods that if a person is willing and able to spend the time to search, whatever object one desires will show up, eventually.