When discarding a hamburger wrapper or throwing a water bottle into the bin, we rarely think of the amount of time that was dedicated to the design and production of such a mundane object. Australian artist Carly Fischer takes great care to recreate everyday pieces of rubbish from paper, adhesive, and paint. Pouring attention and energy into copying pieces of litter, she takes trash out of the street and and into the gallery, using her skills as a sculptor to raise the profile of refuse.
In Fischer’s work, mass-produced candy bar wrappers, aluminum cans, and cigarette packs are copied in paper, lending a hand-crafted perfection to what is normally churned out by a machine. Each model is scaled exactly to size, and painted to mimic every last detail. She describes her efforts as merging the “deadpan re-enactments of reality with commodified cultural packages,” arranging the pieces of trash with the same care as a still life painter. Representing the beauty in the colors and forms of even the most unsightly trash, her installations inspire the viewer to reconsider the value of what we often ignore.
Fischer is a native of Australia, and graduated with a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from RMIT University in 2000. She has exhibited all over the world, and was based in Berlin for the last four years. She currently resides in Melbourne, and has been featured in Artlink, Vogue Living Australia, Berlin Art Link, The Age, and Die Tageszeitung. She has also received Australia Council Skills & Arts Development Grant and the Australia Council New Work Grant.