Every day, we’re confronted with the fact that the Earth needs our help. With climate summits and grassroots campaigns springing up everywhere, it’s hard to ignore the fact that we need to change the ways in which we approach consumption and production.
One artist with salvaged beauty in mind is a creator by the name of Denice Bizot. For the past 15 years, she’s been rummaging through junkyards for found objects that she later turns into stunning works of art. Her collection of sculpted shovel heads has garnered plenty of attention, and for good reason.
There’s something intriguing about the fact that she pays painstaking attention to things that typically get lost to time and neglect.
Her tendency to focus on found items has environmental and social implications. While her inclination to upcycle has clear ties to environmental issues, her work also speaks to the nature of gentrification.
In cities undergoing the process of gentrification, refuse reigns supreme. When contractors and businesspeople move in, everything else that’s there gets pushed out.
In an effort to breathe new life into the bare bones of these cities, Bizot collects discarded shovel heads in each locale and uses them as blank canvases.
“For me,” she writes, “the idea of reclaiming, deconstructing, and transforming so-called ‘junk’ into works of sculpture is fascinating.”
According to the artist, “reworking the surface in terms of color and texture is required to bring out an attractive exterior that was once covered in mold or pitted by weather.”
(via My Modern Met)
As we look to the future, it’s important that we all play a part in reimagining the world around us. Artists like Denice Bizot embody that shift in perspective in a way that further emphasizes the fact that creativity and ingenuity are essential to the success of that process.