Art Plastique in a Repurposed Frame

It took me a while but I successfully managed to sand the stain of a nice old frame which was a bit battered and bruised. Today I went about trying to give it a bit of an “antique chic” style by attempting a crackle effect for the first time. It didn’t come off as intended, but it’s not terrible.

I then began to play around with positioning the black hand I did with fused plastic, along with some of the cut-up collages of back of receipts I’ve been collecting from the supermarket.

Plastic had with coupons in frame

The receipts have been covered over with the translucent plastic of shopping bags collected from the very same store. I hope the work gets people thinking about the human hand and what it has brought about, and also how our hand is kind of forced to purchase plastic, but can perhaps repurpose some of the junk and discarded stuff for the sake of artistic expression.

Experiments with Fused Plastic

I decided to share these two experiments that I did today, by way of fusing old plastic shopping bags with a household iron. The images are done with the kind of Sharpie marker that is designed to write on CDs etc. The plastic shrinks and wrinkles, giving an interesting effect by creating texture and morphing the images drawn onto the bags:

black hand on fused plastic 1

nude woman on fused plastic 1

The photo quality aint great, but you get the idea. I think plastic could be a good medium with which to do pop art. I like the idea of the hand, since you could think of plastic as being today’s cave wall, or it may evoke thoughts about the hand and its relationship to the plastic bag.