Almost fifty years ago, while living in a hippie commune in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, I became a dedicated fan of recycling, buying used whenever possible, and, in general, trying to walk as lightly as possible on the earth, and, you know, making peace, love, and art instead of war.
I have nurtured those values through the decades via places like Unity on Greenville, and by an abiding interest in what is sometimes called outlier, folk, or found object art.
What better way to combine these ideas than to paint angels found in the garbage!
Of course, I do more than paint angel statues. I have a particular fondness for making yard art by painting on metal trash cans, decorating old kitchen items in retro colors, and constructing shadow boxes with found objects, among other things. I am endlessly amazed by what people throw away, or sell at a yard sale for a buck or two, and endlessly dedicated to keeping as much “art” out of the landfill as possible. Here are some examples. Click on each photo for full-size photo.
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