REFUSE A Study in Asphalt Rust Rubber and Pearl

Roland Oria's avatar Roland Oria

REFUSE is a statement on the need to push the boundaries of the sustainable movement—even within the realms of 2D art. Here, rust (from steel wool pads dissolved in vinegar), asphalt, rubber and crushed pearls are reinterpreted as art media to create a piece that reminds us of our over-dependence on unsustainable resources. With the BP debacle still fresh in the public mind, an oil rig—that ominous manmade anomaly in the midst of a vast ocean—is the ideal focal point for the piece. The paradoxical quality of the subject (i.e. manmade versus natural) is part and parcel of the work as a whole. For instance, we have the notion of art as beauty versus the raw industrial quality of the rig, the mixture of “base” media such as rust and asphalt with the luxuriousness of pearls, and the play on “REFUSE” versus “REUSE." Ultimately, underlying the piece is the concept that just about anything—whether ordinary or extraordinary—can be adapted to a purpose that transcends the obvious.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 3
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 4