Rubbish Reimagined

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

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