What it’s like to be plastic-free #2

by
Lhisa Reish
Pre-project statement: When I got to the crossroads in 1989, I chose my day job and I really haven’t looked back. I have made some art for friends, and some for money in those 20 years, but…. 
It’s been a long time since a context for me to “make art” has captured my imagination like LNPB has. It’s got Politix! It’s got Social Conscious! It’s got Subversion! It’s not going to cost me cent to make! And it doesn’t have to match ANYONE’s sofa! All that plus it provides a perfect foil to talk to people about what it REALLY means to be “Wasted in the US”. It will be a huge challenge for me to go completely plastic-free and I don’t expect to succeed.In fact I expect to fail. It will be a journey for me and I plan to make up for my shortcomings by pulling as many of my associates along for as much of the ride as they will. 
To that end (see paragraph above!) I intend to make my 12×12(s) into collage made from bits of all the millions of little stickers that I, my friends, family, and co-workers have been saving. From off our fruit rinds, our CD and DVD packages, that hitchhike along with our mail… all the little items that stick and say “NEW” that no one really notices until someone asks them to collect them for an art project about waste reduction.
Post-project statement: It is extremely difficult to not go silly when writing an artist’s statement about pieces you made using sharpies and stickers. My inner 6-year-old
is especially pleased with being trusted to use the exacto knife. But seriously,
I hope you find something here that makes you laugh.I hope something here makes you think. 
Mostly though-I hope you see something here that makes you want to get involved. Take on the plastic-free challenge! It could be your stuff up on these
walls next year! Being part of Episode 5 has been a lot of fun and a lot of work:
I’m very glad the art is out of my head and “on paper” where it belongs. 
As for waste reduction- that, of course, is ongoing. Once you begin to
reduce the unecessary and the convenient, there is still the unavoidable–
and it is there wherein lie the truly difficult changes– the changes we must
make not just as individuals, but as a culture. We are starting that here! 
A big THANKS to LNPB and another to my pals in the Community of Stickerhood.
A tip of the chiquita peel to you all! 

Words from the Episode Artists, before and after the plastic-free challenge~more will be posted as they come in! Come see the art on June 5, 6-8 p.m. at the RE:Vision Gallery at SCRAP, 2915 NE MLK in Portland, Oregon. There will be snacks, great art, a raffle and cutting edge conversation.

Lhisa Reish

Pre-project statement: When I got to the crossroads in 1989, I chose my day job and I really haven’t looked back. I have made some art for friends, and some for money in those 20 years, but…. 

It’s been a long time since a context for me to “make art” has captured my imagination like LNPB has. It’s got Politix! It’s got Social Conscious! It’s got Subversion! It’s not going to cost me cent to make! And it doesn’t have to match ANYONE’s sofa! All that plus it provides a perfect foil to talk to people about what it REALLY means to be “Wasted in the US”. It will be a huge challenge for me to go completely plastic-free and I don’t expect to succeed.In fact I expect to fail. It will be a journey for me and I plan to make up for my shortcomings by pulling as many of my associates along for as much of the ride as they will. 

To that end (see paragraph above!) I intend to make my 12×12(s) into collage made from bits of all the millions of little stickers that I, my friends, family, and co-workers have been saving. From off our fruit rinds, our CD and DVD packages, that hitchhike along with our mail… all the little items that stick and say “NEW” that no one really notices until someone asks them to collect them for an art project about waste reduction.

Post-project statement: It is extremely difficult to not go silly when writing an artist’s statement about pieces you made using sharpies and stickers. My inner 6-year-old is especially pleased with being trusted to use the exacto knife. But seriously,

I hope you find something here that makes you laugh.I hope something here makes you think. 

Mostly though-I hope you see something here that makes you want to get involved. Take on the plastic-free challenge! It could be your stuff up on these walls next year! Being part of Episode 5 has been a lot of fun and a lot of work:

I’m very glad the art is out of my head and “on paper” where it belongs. 

As for waste reduction- that, of course, is ongoing. Once you begin to reduce the unecessary and the convenient, there is still the unavoidable–and it is there wherein lie the truly difficult changes– the changes we must make not just as individuals, but as a culture. We are starting that here! 

A big THANKS to LNPB and another to my pals in the Community of Stickerhood.

A tip of the chiquita peel to you all!

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