Beauty in the Trash


While gleaning at the Transfer Station, I often run by things that I find are interesting or even beautiful in their own way. The overall object may not have the fervor needed to end up in a show, but I think they deserve their moments of fame, before ending up in the middle of a landfill. I’ll start off with this shot and try to update blog of things that I find are unique, interesting, and even beautiful.


I’ve recently found several maps at the transfer station that in some way feature natural areas, or land that has been set aside to remain either as an area to stay “natural” or a place for people to gather outside, such as a city park. I’ve been cutting the natural area out, leaving an empty space behind. At first I was drawn to using the natural area, but seeing the silhouette of what was once there, has created an eerie feeling in my mind. I’m interested in displaying this “what if” scenario for the show of several national, state, and local parks. I perhaps will display the land set aside, almost preserved, for some individual to keep/purchase/enjoy. I find it ironic that the place this “land” ended up was in the transfer station, which would have then ended up in the “land”-fill. An ever-growing problem that will eventually take up more and more land, reducing the areas that are set aside to keep the land as natural as it can be. Our consumerism is cutting down on the natural land that still exists, and one day it may even interfere with protected land. Even though this is a slightly different direction than the 3-D work I’ve been doing, I find that it should tie in nicely with the same message and overall display.

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Ugh! Oh the challenges of Time!

I haven’t been Gleaning much lately. Just trying to work with the pile-o-stuff from past Gleans! I really wanted to create “animated” and moving pieces but, have found time won’t allow much of that direction! 10 pieces may not seem like a lot at first thought. Sure, slap some stuff together and name it something works I guess… but I can’t roll like that!

I would rather spend more time and energy and materials on a few big, twirling automated- animated machine works than many small “interesting” pieces. I just want to take full advantage of the materials and work big! I’ve been told I work really fast. I can create a variety of things quite quickly for sure. But I’m no where near where I should be at this point in time!

So many pieces I’ve had to abandon for lack of sufficient time to complete. More trampolines! More steel cabinets! more cordless drills! I’m stuck between too many pieces started / in progress and not enough time to see them thru nor, to pursue other ideas.

Very sad too that if I want to bring home any more Gleaned items from the station, I’ll have to “return” a few items first. I’m out of storage space!
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Or I’m not as fast as I thought I was!

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Dispatch from Gleaner Hawkeye: Chapter 2

I found myself gleaning at the Metro Central Transfer Station on Juneteenth with an intense sadness in my heart and lead in my boots. My thoughts were preoccupied with the recent massacre in Charleston, SC. I cant seem to wrap my brain around how different our policy makers respond to acts of terror. When foreigners kill Americans: bombs drop, people are tortured, drones shoot down grandmothers. When our police force kill our community members, we are told that mistakes happen and cops have stressful jobs. When a white man open fires and murders several innocent folks at church, we are told that it’s a pity that certain individuals are crazy and do crazy things. This hypocrisy is infuriating and I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with emotion. How does an emotional, intelligent or even sentient being navigate through this political landscape of blatant violence and racism and sexism and classism and … How can one not be affected?

I almost didn’t do go to the transfer station today. I felt like self-medicating by knocking back several beers and let the dopamine of alcohol intercept my vision. But a recent vow of sobriety forced me to face these demons and respond to the sense of hopelessness in the only manner I find fitting or capable of at this point. I am trying to channel this emotional intensity and dig relentlessly through heaps of the discarded, the destroyed, the unwanted. With these remnants I am making something to crawl inside, something to cover. I don’t always feel this hopeless, but if you ever had that primal sensation of wanting to crawl into a hole……well, you will know exactly what I mean.



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We GLEAN artists are supposed to make at least a couple of works out of plastics.  I started researching a little today about the molecular structure of plastics and ran across these two illustrated images of polymers in stages of deformation as a response to tensile load. (That sounds so very scientific!)  I love these images! They are reminding me of the pieces I am making with the firehoses I found  whfirehose unraveledich I am cutting apart and unravelling.

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Invisible Hands

Just because I have not posted in a while does not mean I have not been gleaning and translating.  There has been a back up in my mind and in my time schedule.  I have been fully engaged with my findings and the smells from the transfer station.

Not long ago I had a very curious visit that seemed like a story unfolding with every item I discovered.  I must tell you it was very sexual in nature.  That is ok with me.  The invisible hands that are guiding me through this adventure and helping me build this story for my spiritual warrior fashion show is a welcome entity that holds surprises at every turn.

So here are some of the items I found on the ‘Sexy Pick’.

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