Thursday, 12 March 2009
Art from the floors of China's factories
I've just come across another example of recycled art: this time from China. The artist is Yang Fan who is usually known for her paintings on canvas, often of fashionable women, but here she uses scraps of leftover fabric from the clothing and toy factories of her native Guangdong in South China. She has created a huge carpet of flowers from the many small scraps she culled from the floors and stock rooms of the factories. The works involved weaving and sewing and the artist drew on the help of women friends and family members. She claims her use of unwanted offcuts is symbolic of the massive layoffs that are now taking place in the factories of South China, as a result of the global economic crisis.