Block by Block

Block by Block

  Block by Block  is a social practice project I carried out in Port Chester, NY during a residency at the Clay Art Center. This was the first time I lived in an urban area where litter was a real problem. I repurposed a shopping cart with simple signage as a way to draw attention to the project and to the role an artist can play in cleaning up a neighborhood. Before casting the individual trash objects into plaster drawings of streets, I collected, arranged, and photographed curated collections from each street-cleaning trip. The photographs were then posted on the Instagram account @blockbyblockproject. The trash collected from the project was cast into plaster elements which created a map of the streets I cleaned in Port Chester. During the run of the show, I gave the streets away to viewers who signed a contract stating they would clean their own street.

Block by Block is a social practice project I carried out in Port Chester, NY during a residency at the Clay Art Center. This was the first time I lived in an urban area where litter was a real problem. I repurposed a shopping cart with simple signage as a way to draw attention to the project and to the role an artist can play in cleaning up a neighborhood. Before casting the individual trash objects into plaster drawings of streets, I collected, arranged, and photographed curated collections from each street-cleaning trip. The photographs were then posted on the Instagram account @blockbyblockproject. The trash collected from the project was cast into plaster elements which created a map of the streets I cleaned in Port Chester. During the run of the show, I gave the streets away to viewers who signed a contract stating they would clean their own street.

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