(Floe, dimensions variable, fused and stitched packaging materials, sound, 2012)
Reenie Charrière – Artist website
“I am invested in everyday moments. My practice is triggered by expeditions along everyday paths, and sidewalks, including public waterways and shorelines.
I investigate by walking, driving and even waiting in traffic, and I am captivated by what accumulates in the environment. Detritus is a menacing punctuation. It comes in all colors and forms. The synthetic bright colors of plastic haunt me as they interrupt and accent the natural topography. I am also drawn to these colors, and their forms as well as the juxtaposition between organic and synthetic matter.
My current work starts with photographing this relationship. Going beyond documentation, I spotlight the situation by fabricating sculptural installations out of discarded packaging materials, particularly plastic, fabric, paper, and cardboard. By sewing, cutting, fusing, reshaping, dangling, and weaving, I transform the material into atmospheric and surprisingly organic-like structures. Many of my installations are integrated with video, projections, and or sound. My choice of materials reflects a collision of clumsiness, and grace and questions how consumerism drives the world.”