Another piece in the series is this music box shaped like a birdcage, which holds a twirling pedestal. In an unexpected twist there are potatoes posed on the spinning plate: “It highlights the hidden beauty of the potato, something people never consider,” she says. “When it sprouts they’re thinking, ‘Oh it’s rotten, we have to throw it away.’ But I saw so many different amazing forms.”
Although inspired by mass production, the objects in her collection are handcrafted from found objects. By learning through experimentation, she even created pieces that required special processes, such as the molding fiberglass and crafting functional incubator tanks. “In my work I emphasize the very small everyday things that get little attention because they often are considered to be too ordinary and common.”
“The first idea was to give all the attention to the plant,” Warmenhoven explains, “But then I wanted to show that culture and nature are equally important.” When faced with a rotating potato plant affixed to a salvaged music box, it’s nearly impossible to not understand her mission — or want one yourself.
Via Sight Unseen