Presentation Title

Sustainabeelity

Presenter Information

Micah RamosFollow

Faculty Mentor

Lucy HG Solomon

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

269

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

With a mix of paint and repurposed trash, I explore the lives of bees and the lifespans of both biodegradable and non-decomposable materials. The lives of bees and of waste both hinge on how humans consume products, often without an awareness of their longevity and impact. My methodology consists of painting intricate depictions of bees with acrylic that then becomes layered with decomposable material. I integrate and juxtapose materials that can be composted with materials that will take generations to decay. Food items and their waste – orange and lemon peels, chip bags, pastry containers, ramen containers, coffee grounds, banana peels and many more products – become ingredients for my art.

I am inspired by artist Vik Muniz, who addresses consumerism, specifically in his film Waste Land and who repurposes waste on a large scale. My research into bees and the effects of pesticides and human impact fuels the concepts behind my work. Through my research I discovered the variety that exists in the world of pesticides, and that so many of their compounds are also present into certain products used in everyday life. As the granddaughter of a beekeeper I have inherited a sense of stewardship of nature; I have found regeneration in waste and a place for ideas to flourish. A world of deterioration can allow visionaries to come together to alleviate the misuse of resources. Ultimately, Sustainabeelity reminds us of our capacity to create.

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With a mix of paint and repurposed trash, I explore the lives of bees and the lifespans of both biodegradable and non-decomposable materials. The lives of bees and of waste both hinge on how humans consume products, often without an awareness of their longevity and impact. My methodology consists of painting intricate depictions of bees with acrylic that then becomes layered with decomposable material. I integrate and juxtapose materials that can be composted with materials that will take generations to decay. Food items and their waste – orange and lemon peels, chip bags, pastry containers, ramen containers, coffee grounds, banana peels and many more products – become ingredients for my art.

I am inspired by artist Vik Muniz, who addresses consumerism, specifically in his film Waste Land and who repurposes waste on a large scale. My research into bees and the effects of pesticides and human impact fuels the concepts behind my work. Through my research I discovered the variety that exists in the world of pesticides, and that so many of their compounds are also present into certain products used in everyday life. As the granddaughter of a beekeeper I have inherited a sense of stewardship of nature; I have found regeneration in waste and a place for ideas to flourish. A world of deterioration can allow visionaries to come together to alleviate the misuse of resources. Ultimately, Sustainabeelity reminds us of our capacity to create.