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Virginia Fleck

Virginia Fleck Artist Photo

In 2002 I started using post-consumer plastic bags and wrappers as collage material. The graphics and slogans printed on plastic bags are the results of exhaustive market research by advertisers. With an Exacto knife, I take aim at these graphics and through the slow deliberate action of cutting, I extract, alter and subvert those consumer messages. Indulging my inherently playful nature, I take consumerism and wrestle it through the sieve of formal beauty. The resulting mandalas are intricately crafted works created by collaging pieces of detritus from a consumer society, revealing the beauty of disposable items that continually pass through our hands.

Toss Up (2016)