Last week we were asked to research two creative practioners who use disposable materials in their work.
Artist 1: Jane Perkins
The first artist I have chosen is Jane Perkins. Based in the UK, Perkins is an artist who describes her work as taking inspiration from found items and reworking them into something new. Perkins uses items exactly as ‘found’, no colour is added. Some of the items Perkins uses in her works include shells, buttons, beads, jewellery, curtain hooks and toys. Perkins work includes her remakes of well known artwork such as the Mona Lisa. Perkins states her work is often inspired by impressionist paintings as her work needs to be viewed in two ways; firstly from a distance to be able to make sense of the image as a whole; and also close up to identify the materials used.
Jane Perkin’s Blog site: http://www.bluebowerbird.co.uk
Artist 2: Leo Sewell
Sewell grew up living near a garbage dump where he spent much of his childhood playing. Over the last 50 years Sewell has produced over 4,000 works. His sculptures are composed of recognisable objects of plastic, metal and wood. The items Sewell uses are chosen for their colour, shape, texture, durability and patina; then they are assembled using nails, bolts and screws. The outdoor sculptures are constructed of stainless steel, brass or aluminium objects which are then welded together. Sewell’s sculptures often follows naturalistic themes; with sculptures of animals featuring prominently in his creations. Sewell collects his materials from trash, yard sales and flea markets. For some of his commissioned pieces he uses objects of often sentimental value or personal meaning contributed by the patron who has commissioned the art. The images depict some examples of Sewell’s sculptures.