Mary Ellen Bowers lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.
Up-cycled plastic gift-cards become singular mosaics!
Look Closer..... I reveal the hidden beauty in items I rescue from their one-way trip to the landfill. I use recycled material to create vibrant mosaics which engage the viewer on multiple levels. I delight in re-purposing a pile of discarded credit cards, gas cards, and gift cards to create images that draw the viewer in to discover the details - and then realize in surprise, the materials used.
Gift cards are ubiquitous in our society and to cut them apart based upon pattern, color, and texture to create completely new imagery has meaning at multiple levels for me. Recreating images of the natural world from the plastic that was created to be disposable; being able to reuse the material; the joy of the actual gift that it represents; and using logos and card imagery to make observations or statements (the space needle lined with Starbucks logos for example in Seattle, Starry Night). Consider Edgar Degas’ statement “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” - discover what YOU can see!