Lacquer/Graft

This work utilizes disposable products made of wood, paper, and bamboo in combination with metal. Tasting spoons from the ice cream shop and chopsticks from the take out counter are reconfigured with silver flatware. Coffee cups from the morning fix and paper plates from the family picnic are segmented and realigned with silver constructions. The lacquer that covers them imbues these everyday throw-away items with a sense of renewed importance and purpose.

Traditionally lacquer was used as a means of preservation and decoration, and silver for its durability and beauty. Because lacquer is derived from trees and silver is a mined element, they are fitting materials to speak to environmental issues concerning non-reusable objects.

Grafting is a growing method where tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with another. In this work the grafts are physical and metaphorical, combining craft traditions with wasteful consumerism as a consideration of how valuable resources are handled.

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