Gallery: WASTED: Artist Alex White Mazzarella’s New Exhibit Explores So...

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about why you choose to work with recycled materials over new? Alex White Mazzarella: Largely because these materials come out of certain processes, and systems and life functions around them and because of They

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about why you choose to work with recycled materials over new?

Alex White Mazzarella: Largely because these materials come out of certain processes, and systems and life functions around them and because of them. They are the materials that make things go round, and are even indicative of the time and age in which we are living. Seems to me that these materials and objects can likewise really carry stories with them if used intelligently to articulate stories, emotions and narratives. Recycled materials also mean that people are familiar with them because they come in and out of people’s lives. The idea is that, when taken out of a certain context and put into another, the emotional familiarity sticks and perhaps can bring people a little bit closer to what is being articulated. We live in a material world. And as so much runs through materials, the idea is to trace those materials backwards into the systems and metaphors that surround them.

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