microWave project
Artist: Erica Raby
Title: Suspended
Post-consumer waste and Found Materials
This work is a series of arrangements or an assembled installation accompanied by mixed-media drawings that expose the anxieties, uncertainties, absurdities and overall fragility of our world. The installation is constructed of found materials compulsively collected and saved, including but not limited to post-consumer waste, salvaged wood, and natural material. These materials become transformed and arranged in a delicate temporal manner as the artist contemplates their wasteful accumulation within our culture. The arrangement of forms and structures throughout the work is determined by playfulness, discovery, and experimentation. Utilizing and manipulating post-consumer waste in her work enables Raby to maneuver through the anxiety stemming from my environmental concerns. This process is at time meditative and can provide a release for Raby’s unease. Her tendency for “cuteness” and “prettiness” as a transformative element is evident throughout the work. Although the work in the end may appear to be naively constructed arrangements, they require a closer contemplative understanding of the relationship between the materials and oneself.

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