While I was working on an earlier installation, "The Garden," I noticed an increasing amount of green plastic trash in tidal debris and at the dumps where I was collecting for my installations. At that time I began collecting the green stuff which led to my first green piece, “Lawn,” a large-scale floor installation made up of thousands of recycled green plastic objects laid out in shades of greens resembling a suburban lawn. Green is a color that is marketed to represent clean/pure nature. I was interested in seeing what is mass-produced in green plastic and how this color is used as a marketing tool. Almost anything imaginable that has a relationship to nature, good or bad, can be found in green plastic: fly swatters, a turtle shaped sandbox/pool,
Army junk (real and toy), yard tools and furniture, weed killer, frog sprinklers, bug spray, plastic plants, etc. I call this floor installation “Lawn” because we have come to take lawns for granted as a natural phenomenon when they are instead entirely man-made and the country’s largest irrigated “crop,” requiring huge amounts of herbicides, pesticides and water. I continue to work with discarded green plastic, as in “Sarcophagus” (2009), a large glass tomb time capsule that speaks directly to the commodification of the green ethos.
photo Andy Wainwright
photo andy Wainwright