Perpetual Plastic #2856 2018

For most of the last decade, I have been making artwork from ephemera on its way to the recycle bin. I have used packing bubbles, security envelopes, shredded paper and magazines, backdrop paper, and, most recently, plastic shopping bags and beverage bottles. Though most of my output is photo-based, I am also working in printmaking and sculpture to explore these materials.

Plastics, my most recent obsession, are bright, shiny and alluring, dangerous to wildlife, marine life, and human life. The big stores have their own bags, touting their brands as they are carried or blown about. Water bottles are bought by the billions, but fewer than 25% are recycled. A long-term solution to a short-term problem, plastics take hundreds of years to decompose, and even then only break down into small particles.

I wanted to approach this environmental issue through visual appeal, by first drawing the viewer in. Seductive forms engage the viewer, and cause them to decipher what they are looking at.

Perpetual Plastic #3724 2018

For most of the last decade, I have been making artwork from ephemera on its way to the recycle bin. I have used packing bubbles, security envelopes, shredded paper and magazines, backdrop paper, and, most recently, plastic shopping bags and beverage bottles. Though most of my output is photo-based, I am also working in printmaking and sculpture to explore these materials.

Plastics, my most recent obsession, are bright, shiny and alluring, dangerous to wildlife, marine life, and human life. The big stores have their own bags, touting their brands as they are carried or blown about. Water bottles are bought by the billions, but fewer than 25% are recycled. A long-term solution to a short-term problem, plastics take hundreds of years to decompose, and even then only break down into small particles.

I wanted to approach this environmental issue through visual appeal, by first drawing the viewer in. Seductive forms engage the viewer, and cause them to decipher what they are looking at.

Perpetual Plastic #4319 2019

For most of the last decade, I have been making artwork from ephemera on its way to the recycle bin. I have used packing bubbles, security envelopes, shredded paper and magazines, backdrop paper, and, most recently, plastic shopping bags and beverage bottles. Though most of my output is photo-based, I am also working in printmaking and sculpture to explore these materials.

Plastics, my most recent obsession, are bright, shiny and alluring, dangerous to wildlife, marine life, and human life. The big stores have their own bags, touting their brands as they are carried or blown about. Water bottles are bought by the billions, but fewer than 25% are recycled. A long-term solution to a short-term problem, plastics take hundreds of years to decompose, and even then only break down into small particles.

I wanted to approach this environmental issue through visual appeal, by first drawing the viewer in. Seductive forms engage the viewer, and cause them to decipher what they are looking at.

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Zelda Zinn

United States

http://www.zeldazinn.com/

Zelda Zinn grew up in a big family in Texas, back when it was a blue state. Drawing and dreaming up contraptions were early pleasures. She fell in love with photography when she was 10 years old. She went to an arts high school before studying the classics at St. John’s College. She attended the University of New Mexico, receiving an MA and an MFA in photography. She taught for many years, and loved to make photo enthusiasts of her students. She likes to get her hands dirty with printing, painting, and making sculpture. She was fortunate to be awarded artist’s residencies to the Santa Fe Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, Akron Soul Train, and the Arctic Circle. They have had a profound impact on her art making. She continues to be amazed by the worlds of nature and the imagination.

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