Maggie Venn, Dumpster Diving Racine Artist

Maggie Venn dumpster dives to procure the materials she uses to make her art. She drags rolls of Mylar, roofing shingles, metallic ribbon, crates, and all kinds of industrial cast off packing material to her 16th Street studio where she makes gorgeous stuff out of all of it. Although Venn’s work makes me think about consumption and waste on a grand scale, seeing the way the artist collects and carefully stores these cast offs, it is clear that she is having a heck of a lot of fun working with them. Veen says that she used feel excited about the beauty she found in art, but today “she feels that more so for the cast off she comes across in the street.”

above: Big Momma (fish net embedded in wax)

Don’t miss this studio if you are going on the Get Behind the Arts studio tour in Kenosha/Racine this Saturday, April 2.

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About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

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