Trashquilt

F Glidden drawing
Felicia Glidden, Trashquilt Print 4, 260 x 150 cm (103 x 59 in) graphite & ink on paper 2016
drawing F Glidden
Felicia Glidden Trashquilt Print 2 graphite on paper 282 x 150 cm 112 x 59 in 2016
graphite on paper F Glidden
Felicia Glidden Trashquilt Print graphite on paper 260 x 150 cm (260 x 60 in) 2016

On February 15, 2016, I read this photo caption in the New York Times “Recology, San Francisco’s main recycling plant collects 100 tons of cardboard every day.”   I had already started collecting plastic, cardboard, and wax paper that surrounds the food which I buy at the grocery store.  We shop online and I am surrounded by packaging. How do I dispose of this? Which bin?  Everything is sorted by material here.

fglidden-graphite on paper
F Glidden graphite on paper 41.4 x 29.5 cm 2016

I started making drawings (rubbings) with my trash collection and was thinking about submitting my artwork to Franconia Sculpture Park‘s 20th anniversary alumni exhibition in Minneapolis, MN.   I began to draw a lot, and in February made this book to send to the park. The Trashquilt evolved from this work.

 

Felicia Glidden Impress, mixed-media sketchbook 36 x 28 cm (14 x 11 in) 2016

Objects which were once three dimensional are flattened into a single plane.  I seek to imbue memory into the making from material we give no thought to setting aside. Shining a light on the ever-present consumption in my life.

trashquilt
Felicia Glidden, Trashquilt (detail) paper, plastic, cardboard, thread 250 x 147 cm (94 x 58 in) 2016

 

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