History, to me, is not just facts but rather a story, told over and over, adapted to fit the storyteller’s agenda. Art, for me, is a means of creating and documenting my own history. This may be in the process of finding locations, making objects for a scene, or dressing a model. History is a study of what is left after we are gone, and I am leaving behind my view of our time on this planet, both good and bad. What seems most likely to succeed us these days though, is our trash. It is this idea that got me interested in plastics in the first place.
How will future generations throughout time remember us in history? How do we remember past historic moments and figures? We are the Age of Plastic, represented by something that is truly genius and yet brittle and without character. What does the term “plastic” mean and say about our society? What associations do we make when confronted by the term “plastic”? By exploring different representations of historic imagery, and reappropriating them, my goal is to show what exactly it means to be labeled as an age or era. By adding elements of plastic into my work, I wanted to reinterpret history by projecting our own age onto it. Plastic itself represents society’s detachment today from nature, and from our cultural environments that we have created and then subsequently destroyed. By creating and photographing historical periods in plastic I am trying to show our departure from the representation of history we’ve always known by exploring how we might be viewed in the future.