Series “When Shit Happens, Turn it into Fertilizer”
I have always entertained the habit of collecting objects that have served an initial purpose in our everyday but could potentially have a second life. Just after coming out of grad school, I found myself in desperate need for making. Like any recent foreign graduate my expenses budget was substantially shortened. This made me scrutinize into my household items searching for something worth experimenting with.
As a result, a life long research and collecting of materials available in our everyday lives emerged in my artistic exercise. Carefully cleaned and stored away milk cartoons, coffee cups and lids, toilet paper cardboard rolls and plastic bottles, to name some, have been filling up the space of my confined studio walls in México for the past 3 years.
These jewelry pieces are the first ones of my series entitled “When Shit Happens, Turn It Into Fertilizer.” Toilet paper is a staple in every household therefore it is a material readily available and accessible to reach and collect. The cardboard rolls found in toilet paper are waste objects that only get to serve their initial purpose of acting as a support for the paper. When finished, these rolls are discarded and replaced by new ones.
In these series I unwrap the potential of such a humble, ordinary and worthless material to become the expression of the extraordinary through a process of experimentation of the aesthetic qualities inherent to the material. By exploring the structure and the form in which toilet paper cardboard rolls are fabricated I have encountered a myriad of fascinating ways to naturally unfold its hidden grace. Empathy is key in my making process. It is through countless hours of honest and humble experimentation that I have been able to understand and listen to the material´s plasticity in order to transform it into pieces of jewelry that convey its beauty and shapeliness.
Photo credits : BY THE ARTIST ( Mariana Acosta Contreras)