Wall Ilene Sunshine Plastic bags, scavenged tree branches Courtesy of Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
"Wall" is made from plastic bags and fallen tree branches scavenged from New York City’s parks. In a feat of balance, loops of bags literally “carry” branches – each row hanging from the one above it. The resulting structure is, in essence, a three-dimensional drawing of a wall. While developing this sculpture, I was thinking about plastic. Made from fossil fuels (most likely algae billions of years ago), plastic bags are a distant cousin to trees! That is a wild thought, but matter does continually change through human intervention and natural processes. For me, “recycling” reflects a deeper truth that transformation is at the heart of everything.