I have mixed feelings about found object art. As an artist, I love the feeling of gathering things from the ground— it’s calming. I also think that it’s great to re-purpose things rather than throw them away. But, when it comes to found art pieces, I am usually not all that impressed. They often look like, hey, I just found a bunch of unrelated objects and hot glued them together. There isn’t anything wrong with hot gluing a bunch of unrelated objects together, but, I feel like there is so much potential when it comes to using found objects.
All that being said, I absolutely adore the work of Sayaka Ganz, an incredibly talented artist who works with found objects and scrap metal. She is inspired by the Japanese Shinto idea that all objects and organisms have spirits. “I was taught in kindergarten that objects that are discarded before their time weep at night inside the trash bin. This became a vivid image in my mind.”
I am very impressed by the fluidity of her work, despite being made of so many different parts whose only unifying characteristic in many cases is shared color. I like the idea of found object art, and I hope that my own work will be able to reflect the same fluidity of these pieces.