image Erin Currier "Angela Davis as the Green Tara" private collection
I knew Erin Currier’s work long before she was featured in The Utne and Art News. I’ve seen her work at The Historic Taos Inn, The Parks Gallery, and El Monte Sagrado. Using rubbish, recycled products, and the “found art” of trash as a medium, this young artist creates realistic portraits of such icons as the Dali Lama and the Virgin Mother.
According to According to The Millenium Project, Currier “assembles political posters, product packaging, and paper trash into large-scale portraits.” Though her artwork is best appreciated by a close look at the texture and collage of text, you can view some of her works here and here.
Having gathered trash from over 18 different countries to incorporate into her work, Currier says,
Through my work, the disposable, the profane, the discarded, the mundane, the unwanted, are reformatted into socio-spiritual urgencies, the disaster and deliverance of contemporary life.
Moon recently introduced me to Tofu, another artist who is using found art as a medium. In an on-going project, he is using maps to cut out the “hometown of each American serviceman and woman killed in Iraq.”
All of this inspires me to get back to creating one of my favorite types of artwork: collage.