The Little Things: A Plastic Bag Series
Plastic bags cut, layered, and glued to mimic paint. There is no paint.
These pieces are constructed entirely of re-purposed plastic bags that have been cut and adhered to panel or paper with clear glue. Within the history of art, the pieces reference still-life painting, while the plastic medium and everyday subject matter bring them into contemporary life.
Conceptually, the pieces hinge on the interplay of perception, association, and identity within the vernacular. The work explores the personal connections that people have with their material things and the ordinary objects they interact with on a daily basis.
This "unpainting" self-portrait is a compilation of used cosmetic products donated by more than 50 women. I wanted to create a challenge for myself with the unusual medium, but I also wanted to spark conversation about the concept of makeup and what it means to construct a portrait from products deemed too old, empty, or unwanted.