Hi! I am Susan Berry, and I am an artist by profession. The medium I work with is quite unique. I make art installations from big cardboard boxes. I fist collect cardboard boxes of all shapes, and a sizes and then store them until I have a need for them in one of my art projects. I rent several storage areas to store my collected boxes. When I an inspired towards a new project or a new idea, I make repeated trips to these storages to get the desired boxes out.
Most of the time, my art is not pre-designed. I am a “take it as it comes” kinda gal. I live my life a moment at a time and that philosophy projects into my style of working as well. So, when I am engrossed in a project, I often don’t realize how much trash I produce until I am done. I used to hate the fact that when I am done I have so much trash to deal with. In the excitement of having a new art piece on my hand, I used to just throw away the cardboard scraps without putting much conscience thought behind the process.
This past month, I had some friends over for the previewing of my new art piece at my home studio. Once we were done with the evening, I requested everyone to help me carry all my trash to the dumpster. One friend who works of Northern California Compactors Inc. Pointed out that throwing away so much cardboard scraps is harming the environment and that I should recycle.
That evening sort of stayed with me, and I got a few other artist friends together and we have now invested in a trash compactor in order to recycle our waste. Trash compactors are a brilliant in the way they work, and they are just as easy to use as it is to throw away stuff.
I think we should all think about where we can do our part in salvaging our planet.