Manifestation I

Manifestation I

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I like to consider the unexpected beauty of my material, post-consume can-tabs; they are designed for utility but also to the golden ratio. Each can-tab is branded with a distinctive feature, a vivid color or a tiny laser-cut logo that distinguishes it from others. In my work I am utilizing can-tabs, in a way that rescripts the original intention of their branding. The can-tabs in my sculptures are no longer in service to consumerism. In their new incarnation, they have a baroque, upcycled, aesthetic that playfully transcends the utility of the can-tab. When these kinetic sculptures, made from thousands of reflective can-tabs, begin to rotate slowly (or as we move around them), shimmering moiré patterns appear and soothe with soft reflected light, activating a visual sensory experience that bring us back to our center. Sensory experiences quell anxiety, awaken our sense of wonder, and provide a healing counterpoint to our reality of overstimulation.

Manifestation I

by Virginia Fleck
media: installation and sculpture
year: 2019
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tags: climate grief , consumption & consumerism , recycling , waste , activism , upcycling

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