Plastic Bags Are Now Works of Art
"These works will remain for centuries in the history of mankind, and so will the plastic that we are dumping in nature"
Brazilian artist Eduardo Srur is working on a collection of artworks, the reinterpretation of masterpieces known worldwide, using plastic waste instead of paint. He is recreating works by Munch, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol using tweezers rather than brushes. These pieces will be exhibited in São Paulo in the summer and fall of this year as part of the "Plastic Nature'' exhibition, or “Natureza Plastica” in Portuguese.
The artist intends to raise awareness about the problem of plastic waste pollution in Brazil, a situation widespread all over the world. The plastic he uses is collected by himself along the streets and rivers of Sao Paulo, the city where he works on the project. For this purpose, he has already exhibited some of his works made similarly in the past in the Brazilian city.
He works with plastic of different colors, cutting, shredding, folding, and arranging it on a board to recreate famous works as accurately as possible. "Plastic dominates everything and everyone today, so in this series, I create artwork that has no paint or glue, just bits of plastic bags that end up making the image you see," he said.
"These works will remain for centuries in the history of mankind, and so will the plastic that we are dumping in nature," This is how Srur commented, referring to the fact that works of art have centuries of history, sometimes thousands of years. Similarly, the plastic we use every day, if not disposed of properly, will be around for decades, or even centuries.