Tuuli Saarekas 1988 Finland
When I walk around town I notice the jam-packed bins, tin cans threw in the side of the street and other debris. I look at them and feel both anxious and irritated but they also arouse my interest. On the one hand they tell of indifference, but on the other hand it gives me free material. As a vulture, I seek after treasures in the garbage, things I can use in my art. When I create these plants I have used wire snippets, plastic bags, cables, broken umbrellas. My own rubbish, for example, I have used my hair, candy paper, and broken clothes and cardboard boxes. However, I am aware that though I use found and recycled materials in my art makes me no more organic than anyone else. If a plant requires a large amount of thread of any specific colour, I’ll buy it in a shop.
Streets, city boundaries and wasteland are food for my imagination-I wonder what kinds plants could grow on a soil saturated with waste? I can also imagine pictures online where dead birds cracks of plastics and other human waste. What will the fate of the plant kingdom become? Will the new materials developed by man one day to replace genuine plant material? Could it possible that in the future the root of a plant would consist of a spike or a cable? Or that the stem of a plant would consist of a straw of plastics or made of polyurethane and frost sheets of iron wire or sandpaper?