Consumer trash volume has been the focus of numerous studies and environmental groups since before the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970. The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle initiative instituted by the EPA encouraged folks to change their habits.
For some, it became second-nature. For others, it was a short-lived attempt. Many artists adopted it as a way of life, trash becoming the medium they use to express their creativity and deliver their message.
Trash as art? Why not? Trash is colorful, plentiful and free. There is beauty in everything. We need only look for it.
Diane Keys, a friend and fellow mail art contemporary from Elgin, Illinois, embodies the concept of trash as art. Her pieces of Trash Poetry are as poignant as they are attractive. Visit her blog at http://dianekeys.blogspot.com/.
When Diane decided to curate an exhibit of TrashPo mail art, I was not surprised.
Responding to her mail art call, I immediately set to work on a Bubble. This is what developed:
Diane also included the first Trash Bubble I sent. It was designed as a novelty item for her group of “All Things Trashpo” followers at the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA.)
The exhibt, which includes TrashPo from around the world, has been well received. It is a testament to the TrashPo movement, helping to spread the trash as art concept. This Daily Herald article sums it up quite well: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130208/news/702079621/
Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!