Shari Mendelson creates ceramic art inspired by historical ceramic, glass and metal artifacts and constructed from found plastic bottles.
Brooklyn-based artist Shari Mendelson makes hand-made sculptures that are constructed out of discarded plastic bottles and inspired by ancient vessels. Her interest lies in the balance between emulating the ancient objects that she love and creating her own original sculptures.
She uses juice, soda and water bottles, cut them into pieces and use the parts to create new sculptures. The original material is transformed from plastic trash into pieces that address issues of history, culture and the relative value of objects.
She says she was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work at UrbanGlass and The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. She makes molds of the plastic pieces and, working with a team of talented glass blowers, had them mold-blown or cast in glass.
They are bubbly and precious-looking. Friends and family hoard their recycling items for her. Dasani water bottles are particularly prized for their color and shape, but she’ll take an Evian or Volvic bottle in a pinch. Recently, she was hankering after Poland Spring bottles, the bottoms of which she needed to finish a few pieces.
The artist says: “I had been making larger installations out of sheets of plastic that I would buy, and then I had all these plastic scraps left over that I would throw away. It didn’t make any sense.” So she started creating art with the waste.
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