Anthropocene Vessels 2018-19
The Anthropocene Vessels are a series of small scultpures that reprise themes I’ve explored in my work around human detritus that I encounter in urban and natural settings. This series of small sculptures represent discarded plastic bottles, cigarette packs and other random objects I find in the street. In this series I take walks through the city and photograph each discarded object that I find. Based on the photographs I then construct the sculptures out of plaster and hand paint each one. The level of detail and workmanship required to make each sculpture, contrasts with it’s origin as a mass produced object destined for a single use. This work comments upon the trajectory of the “found object” and the tradition of the still life in art history, as well as concerns around mass production and consumer culture.
These works brings an archeological perspective to the idea of collecting artifacts, the importance of containers and their capacity to carry precious substances while also considering the question of how we as a culture assign value to material and art objects.
The installation draws attention to the artifacts of our time and questions their anthropological value and the underlying values of our society. I grew up visiting archeological sites and exploring ancient cities, deserts and artifacts as my grandfather was an archeologist and the founder of a maritime museum in Isreal. The archeological and geological perspective is fundamental to my underlying motivation to provide a range of perspectives on landscape and the passage of time in my work.