Bower Reuse And Repair Centre has partnered with the Inner West Council to host the second year of its Art From Trash exhibition to inspire people to think about reusing discarded materials to create incredible artworks, and the potential value of what we throw away, to reduce waste sent to the landfill.
With 70 artworks displayed from more than 30 artists; ranging from paintings, sculptures to weavings to assemblage all created from reused materials.
Message On A Bottle created by Julia Strykowski is announced the winner of this year’s People’s Choice and $500 cash prize. Her work made from plastic milk bottles, lids, toys, plastic waste, glue and fairy lights, brings light to plastic pollution and the threat of discarded plastics ending up in our waterways, soils and ultimately into our food chain.
From reusing stationaries and a wooden board to create a three dimensional Sydney Opera House, Sydney artist Annette Innis’ artwork skilfully crafts our beloved landmark in painstaking detail.
“As an artist, I have always appreciated the beauty of the art materials themselves, and feel disappointed that they end up in the landfill. There is so much familiarity and nostalgia in stationary, I wanted to celebrate this in a new way” she said.
Through Strykowski and Innis’ artworks Art From Trash urges everyone to rethink issues of sustainability and overconsumption. Other creative works featured include Boadicea’s bodice and Ned Kelly figures and many more, with most of them for sale.
Once you’ve explored Bower Reuse And Repair Centres at Parramatta, be sure to check out more of Art from Trash at 107 Redfern.
Oct 2-11. Shop 1/10 Hunter St, Parramatta. 6pm.
Oct 16-25. 107 Redfern St, Redfern. Info: www.bower.org.au
By Kirsta Cheung