Aerial View of Deforestation

The Invisible Plague

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"Fore(st)sight" is a large-scale art installation of a "forest" of tree-shells made out of junk mail. 

 

“Fore(st)sight” aims to raise community awareness of how negatively junk mail impacts the environment not only by experiencing the installation as an audience but by also engaging in the process of creating it. Making the viewer a maker is one of the key factors in this project. An immersive experience will create lasting memories that may ignite a stronger connection with nature and may inspire future positive actions towards the environment.

"The Invisible Plague" project addresses the issue of the unnoticed pervasive presence of "snail" junk mail in our daily life and its impact on us and our environment. I started it out of impotence on stopping the never-ending flow of junk mail into my physical mailbox and the need to make visible to others this undercover threat. 

Made out of junk mail, “The Invisible Plague” strives to highlight the presence of this pollutant in our daily life. The interaction with junk mail is so routinary that it becomes invisible: we take it out from the mailbox, we sort it out, we throw the junk mail into the garbage, and done!... another unconscious must-do daily action checked.

 

To produce it, I save all the junk mail that arrives at my mailbox (credit cards solicitations, unwanted catalogs, phone books and magazines, charities contributions requests, promo products, etc.), and then, I classify and shred it to create the raw material to then produce the artwork. 

"The Invisible Plague" project has reached a stage where the next obvious step is to incorporate the people into its creation, with the hope that the process itself will create the community awareness needed to unveil its invisibility, break the routinary junk mail ritual, and inspire change. 

For this new chapter, I am envisioning collaborating in the process of the artwork with seniors and children: the legacy and the future meeting for environmental awareness. We will gather twice a week, from January 17 to February 7, 2022. Mondays I will meet with the seniors and Thursdays with the children. Safety protocols for covid-19 will be observed. We will create a large-scale installation forest of tree carcasses out of junk mail. The trees at the park or at the school will serve as molds for the shaping of the tree carcasses. The molds will be made by the kids and the finishing touches by the seniors. All participants will be encouraged to bring their own junk mail since this thoughtful collecting action is the essence of the installation. Although the groups will not work at the same time, in the end, this collaboration will create an "Invisible Plague Forest".