My interdisciplinary practice centres on the materiality of waste, patterns of consumption and waste management and the psychological and emotional aspects of climate anxiety as they relate to our treatment of garbage. I am driven by a desire to convert garbage from a burden to a limited resource, a highly variable process that is responsive to each waste material I engage with.
At This Art Fair, I will be exhibiting two bodies of work. The first, called “Carbon Copies (Frances Whitehead)”, is an extension of my “Sculptures from Other Sculptors’ Sculptures” series, an expanding group of works in which unwanted sculptures from other artists are transformed. To make the work, two sculptures made by artist Frances Whitehead were ground to powder and 3D-printed into seventeen vessels, the scale of which is commensurate to the carbon dioxide content of human breath as it relates to time. I breathe into each sculpture as a performance, and then seal it permanently.
The second body of work is titled “Graph Paper (Campbell & Albers)”, a series of gouache drawings on handmade paper that I produced from the waste linen of painter Tammi Campbell at the Middelste Molen in Loenen. The resulting sheets were drawn on using Anni Albers’ textile design drawings intersected with a tumbling blocks pattern – a symbolic and aesthetic grounding principle of my practice.https://www.keeleyhaftner.com/