Sublime Waste

Photopolymer Etching, 56 x 76 cm, 2015

This is a print based on the installation Sublime Waste.

Clamshell packaging embodies an ironic metaphor of the organic clamshell grown in the sea, consisting of two parts that open when the organisms wants to filter water to feed, purifying and producing no toxic waste. The Styrofoam clamshell box also consists of two parts that open up to contain material. It could be defined as a “body without organs”, the label Deleuze and Guattari invented to refer to books. [1] Contrary to books, however, Styrofoam containers are usually discarded after one fleeting, single use.

“The philosopher Barry Allen argues that our trash, everything from a polystyrene container to a popcan tab, is composed of products that are highly complex in design. Curiously enough, the degree of investment that goes into the production of these goods, does not ensure lasting value or usability, only material endurance…”[2]

[1] Deleuze, Gilles & Guattari, Felix. A Thousand Plateaus. Capitalism and Schizophrenia, University of Minnesota Press, 1987 (2009).

[2] Boetzkes, Amanda. “Waste and the Sublime Landscape.” RACAR XXXV Number 1, 2010, (22-31).

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