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.
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.
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