Sift, is composed with deformed plastic caps and straight pins. For over a decade I have salvaged these vividly-colored objects from my everyday life, saving the remnants of my kids’ art materials such as used Play Doh containers and caps from dried-up magic markers. The deeper I explore this detritus of our consumer society, the more I associate my materials with larger issues that are encapsulated in these innocent looking items: consumerism, environmental stewardship, labor conditions, etc. My personal belongings are part of the bigger cycle of our consumer-oriented society and I believe that I am responsible to question and change the typical life cycle of commodities in a way that avoids their accumulation in a landfill. In other words, I up-cycle them to create artistic and social value through my art practice. Through more public art installations I hope to create conversations with more diverse viewers both to inspire aesthetic contemplation of mundane everyday objects and to awaken awareness of these critical issues that are overlooked or willfully ignored.