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Michelle Lougee

331 Western Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139, U.S.A.
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Phone: 6178682747
URL: https://www.mlougee.com

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My work addresses the impact of our consumerist society on nature. Produced from post-consumer plastic that would otherwise find its way to a landfill, whimsical and playful forms illustrate a framework of tension between material and concept, while contemplating profound problems in our culture and environment. For a recent project, seed forms are enlarged using material which threatens the structure of the organic. The forms are joyful reverence to nature – with a warning. Plastic is sprouting from everywhere, in packaging, medicine, and restaurants, like seeds germinating in Spring. A large stitched and drawn tree presides over the space. The ghostly presence mimics reality; the bark is formed of plastic.The project includes delicate drawings that combine a gentle aesthetic and a regrettable truth.

This work is produced from crocheted post-consumer plastic bags, for a new look at ourselves, our habits, and our precious planet. It reflects our increasingly precarious relationship with the planet by contrasting material with imagery that range from microscopic forms to representations of nature.