Can you make something beautiful out of useless advertising? Yes you can. Depending on your definitions of “useless” and “beautiful”.
Many trees died so that I could create something weird and interesting for you to look at. Even though we have put a vacation stop on our newspaper, those flyers just keep on coming. I’ve always thought it would be a great idea to put a blue box at the front door with a sign on it requesting that all junk mail be deposited in it. This would save me a lot of time and angst and energy. And all those colourful glossy Christmas ads could be used to wrap presents.
Although I have never done either of those things, now I can say I have recycled some of that great mountain of advertising into my art.
Will I be doing this with actual garbage next? Well, probably not. I did discover that grocery flyers are made of extremely cheap paper and ink not meant to last. I guess that’s a good thing.
Considering my materials, I am very pleased with this end result and might even hang it up somewhere.