Kalpana Prakash

TITLE: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
DATE: 2011
MEDIUM: found wood, nails, paper, ink, stain, acrylics
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 40″ x 39″ x 3 1/2″
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: When brought together, I saw a poetic connection between the ubiquitous symbols for recycling, bare bones and the familiar pallet from a packing crate. I used a pallet to ‘carry’ the bones in the work, and ‘stamped’ the wood with the symbols that caution us to use our resources prudently. Like artifacts from an archeological dig, old bones are precious objects, the only surviving clues to a life and culture that they were once part of. The ubiquitous symbols for recycling and sustainable living are already embodied in bare bones, which are symbols of life which constantly re-uses and recycles the materials that re-generate new life.

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