Rubbish Reimagined

| July / August 2003

Erin Currier?s use of collage, portraiture, and political murals is nothing new to contemporary art, until you consider her medium: trash. An artist from Taos, New Mexico, Currier collects garbage from around the world to create visual tributes to justice, human rights, and peace?as in the Muslim women strikingly portrayed in Widows (above) with torn handbills, posters, and even a Nepalese airline sickness bag. ?I?m politically active through my art,? says Currier. ?That?s how I express my beliefs.? By revealing the power and beauty in what our globalized culture dismisses as garbage?from fast food cartons to indigenous people?Currier challenges our ideas about what should be discarded at all. (To see more: