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Name: Sasha Fusini
School: Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College
County: Esat Sussex
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: I’m predominantly interested in the use of found objects and alternative materials in modern art and am a firm believer in Joseph Beuys extended definition of art: “Everything as art and everyone as an artist”. My project kick-started with a keen interest in “The Surrealist Object” and the concept of destroying functions of everyday objects (Meret Oppenheim’s “Fur-lined teacup” and Dali’s “Telephone-Homard” (1936). After further research, I found that both the Surrealist, Fluxus and Arte Povera movements all shared these tendencies as well as the common desire to break down the dichotomy between “art” and “life”. I aimed to bring together these concepts by producing a series of playful, inexpensive, Fluxus-spirited sculptures that would create an affinity between the domestic and wild kingdom, two completely opposing environments. Inspired by ideas associated with Arte Povera, my sculptures often drew directly on the substances of natural events such as the growth of a plant however also draw attention to the industrial world of mass production.
Title: Garden 2
Description: My Hoover bag installation is a play on the cycle of waste, the life cycles of objects, and how our waste is treated. I’ve used a domestic bi-product looted with human waste products to grow edible produce in order to bring together domestic and natural environment. The sculpture raises the question of mass production of products which only function to be used once and also illustrates how nature is able to reclaim waste eventually at the end of the cycle. The sculpture essentially shortens the cycle from the point before the waste has been discarded to after the buried waste has degraded and new life is able to grow.
Medium: Used hoover bag, Tomato grow bag, Compost, Lettuce seeds
Width: 41 Height: 15 Depth: 14
Keywords: Hoover Bag, Grow Bag, Lettuce, Waste, Everyday objects, Conceptual Art