Friday, July 18, 2008

Toys from Junk

Recently I started making toys from junk. Charity stores and garage sales became my suppliers of old and broken toys.

Cheap and easy to find they served their purpose well. There was no fear of wrecking good objects and I liked the idea of recycling plastic which would usually just end up in landfill.The idea of perverting the purity or innocence of toys drove me on.

I don't think I had enough toys as a kid so creating toys for my second childhood spun me into a frenzy. Soon my work area became a mountain of plastic parts and the smell of plastic glue filled the house.

Here was a cheap and easy way to experiment with sculpture or assemblage, which led me into more advanced forms of the art.