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Christy
Arnott

TECHNOLOGICAL HARMONY

Materials: Stretched canvas with materials rescued from landfill sewn/stuck on:

  • Inside of dismantled computer keyboards

  • Inside of dismantled laptops and hard drives

  • Dismantled Seretide containers

Dismantled audio equipment

KEYED BIRDS

Materials: Stretched canvas with materials rescued from landfill sewn/stuck on:

  • Inside of dismantled computer keyboards

  • Inside of dismantled hard drives

  • Dismantled Seretide containers

  • Dismantled camera equipment

Often when people get a new computer the old one sits in a cupboard somewhere, taking up space, until the decision is finally made to dispose of it. Despite e-waste recycling ‘technically’ being available in Australia, it was predicted that in Australia in 2023-24 we would be generating 223,000 tonnes of e-waste (https://www.sustainabilitymatters.net.au/content/waste/news/e-waste-growing-three-times-faster-than-general-waste-687523809). E-waste has a range of terrible chemicals that can damage the environment and human health if not handled and disposed of correctly, such as lead, arsenic and mercury. Australia has a National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (established in 2011 https://www.dcceew.gov.au/environment/protection/waste/product-stewardship/products-schemes/television-computer-recycling-scheme), which aims to recover re-usable materials from e-waste, and provide recycling drop-off points across Australia, with e-waste recycling available locally at Harvey Norman, and Mount Gambier tip (free for computers and printers, but costs money for phones and other electronic devices).

 

For these works I have mostly used the inside of computers and dismantled seretide containers. The choice of computers stems from me noticing that computers and keyboards always seem to be left out during hard rubbish, so I decided to rescue some from landfill and pull them apart and was delighted to discover all of the fascinating intricate parts within. The chosen form for the artwork stems from my fascination with science fiction, and desire for a future where nothing is wasted because people understand the intricacies behind everyday objects. When we understand what is inside the things we use, we develop a greater respect for it.

 

The use of seretide containers was because my friend was prescribed them for asthma and was frustrated that they aren’t recyclable and were generating so much plastic waste. I offered to take them and discovered that their insides were perfect for mandalas. It is frustrating that health advancement hasn’t aligned to sustainability practices and invented a re-usable version, rather than creating something that generates weekly plastic waste. This artwork encourages us to think about what we are throwing out and whether it could be repurposed for creativity.

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

Christy has been creating art for over 20 years, with a passion for pulling apart items that would otherwise end up in landfill; re-envisioning them to reveal the hidden wonder in everyday objects. This stems from a strong fascination (and frustration) with abandonment in modern society, be it buildings, objects or living things, and the recognition that the abandoned often has a hidden history that can be both fascinating and beautiful.

 

Christy has aphantasia so artworks evolve over time, with no visual plan.

Aphantasia

/ˌeɪfanˈteɪzɪə

NOUN

the inability to form mental images of objects that are not present

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