This work serves as partial evidence of my husband’s and my own waste during a residency at AIRY in Kofu, Japan. For a total of thirty days, I routinely put my daily waste into re-sealable plastic bags. The bags are specialized in nature and generally are purposed to protect collectible magazines and books from the effects of ultraviolet light. At the end of each week I would document each bag and it’s contents. I created each image with the intention of referencing product photography with its sleek and clinical reproduction and unbiased perspective. The synthetic materials and organic items merge together to create a new object and a new commodity.
I want to identify our relationship with natural and the artificial, the beautiful and the repulsive. This work isn’t meant to promote thinking about green living, but to create a dialogue about the material cast off promoted by modern life.