Consumer Culture

Amy Deal's avatar Amy Deal

During the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, I found myself reflecting on the amount of single-use plastics that enter our home. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. Only 1 percent of the plastic bags are recycled. The rest end up in landfills or as litter. Up to 80 percent of the ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land. I began collecting this single-use plastic and fusing it together to create a more rigid material that I found could be sewn into floral representations to create a ‘living wall.’ The dichotomy created between the plastic and the term ‘living wall’ is very clear. Bringing attention through social discourse to the negative side of consumerism is my intent. It’s become very evident that our society is becoming more disconnected. Yes, consumerism drives economic growth and boosts innovation, but we need to be cognizant of its failings; moral degradation, higher debt levels, climate change, and pollution.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 8"
  • Medium: Single-Use Plastic Bags
  • Width: 19'
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 7.5'