Redemptive Beauty – Photographs & Prose on Reclaimed Objects

April 22, 2007

Yesterday we found great pleasure in taking the old, the worn out, the disposed, the damaged, the decomposing, and the ugly and finding beauty in and through the object.

How is it that these things can be beautiful?  What is beauty?  What is Truth?  Why are things despised by one and enjoyed by another?  Here are some photo’s and prose that deal with these issues.  Thoughts that we have been thinking about, dreaming of and truly seeking for the answers.  We hope to bring forth a continuing dialog of these important matters.

Layers of Time                  pattern, light & scrolling

staircase components in aqua blue, rust & grey All My Voyages 

wool spinning             

windows & shadow shapes       decomposing wooden beauty

Stone Upon Stone      Transmission to Beauty          Marcel’s Comfort Reclaimed    

We have also enjoyed using recycled materials, objects and rejected figure drawings in our artwork, lately.  This is not only an economic, but a potentially meaningful practice.  We, like most artists we talk to, have a limited budget for our pieces.  This does not negate the beauty of precious and pure materials, but it offers an outlet, a challenge to think, a freedom to create with increased possibility and opportunity.  We would say that one can create redemptively with an ideology that when we always use new materials we miss the chance to recognize value in people through the work of their hands, or through worn out items which have the potential to inspire us in a physically creative way.  This is a redemptive way of thinking that we like to apply to our relationships, as well, to value all sorts of individuals and their work.  When we value people and their handiwork and reuse resources, we feel that we are creating beauty which holds a truthful aesthetic.  We develop a creative conscience so to speak.  A stone sculptor we met with the other day even said of his stones, that an artist such as himself had to “beg, borrow, trade or steal” to make it as an artist.  We would suggest using found objects or deals at the local curb or junkyard as a starting point for your pieces.  Darin actually found bronze ingots, large tree trunks, and a Baus Haus chair on his last outing.  He felt quite triumphant.  What you don’t use, you can recycle, give away, or invite other artists to apply their creativity to the jumbled mess together.                          


  1. I’m all for the reuse of beautiful (even if only in potentiality) objects. See .

  2. Sorry about the cutoff post above . . . See my salvage tag: http://theaestheticelevator.com/tag/disposable-culture/salvage/

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