Breakdown of a Long Chain

2011

From Left:

Adrift in Current Patterns, 2010
Velour, Tyvek, polyethylene cargo barrels, gold leaf size, gold space blankets
4’ x 15’ x 8’


Breakdown of a Long Chain, 2011
Aqua resin, mahogany veneered foam, polyethylene, tree, gold space blanket, Bakelite plastic, sandbags, paint, wood.
16’ x 5’ x 6’

Weighting, 2010
Wood, polyethylene cargo barrels, gold leaf size, gold space blankets, grip tape, steel, enamel paint
7’ x 6’ x 4’

This body of work traces the proliferation of an individual’s ideology into mass culture through the product they create, using the development of plastics from its origin in 16th century Dutch trade to the present as primary example.
“Adrift in Current Patterns,” left, is a map of the Pacific Ocean I quilted with domestic upholstery velour and industrial Tyvek. Used barrels pulled from a body of water in Houston, Texas are leafed with gold mylar insulation making the impression that valuable contents are traveling across far distances.
“Breakdown of a Long Chain,” right, depicts Henry Leo Bakeland as the stubborn figurehead of a sinking Dutch trade ship. He was the inventor not only of the first widespread consumer plastic, Bakelite, but also disposable products (like plastic cutlery) leading to our current crisis of planned obsolescence. Here he is depicted holding a cats cradle (a nod to Kurt Vonnegut’s novel), looking at the world through the product of his own making.