Phoebe Washburn, ‘Wood Wall As Safari Vest’, 2010, Maharam
Phoebe Washburn, ‘Wood Wall As Safari Vest’, 2010, Maharam

Wood Wall as Safari Vest is a floor-to-ceiling sculpture composed of plywood shingles scavenged from an art crating shop. Manifesting the pervasiveness of consumerism, everyday items tacked to the Wood Wall are reverently transformed into art.

Series: Maharam Digital Projects

Image rights: © 2010 Phoebe Washburn, Maharam under license

About Phoebe Washburn

Repurposing manufacturing materials like wood and cardboard, Phoebe Washburn builds large installations that transform gallery spaces into engrossing architectural experiences. For one piece she used cast-off wood to construct a tunnel through which visitors could walk and discover aquariums, plants, and a fish pond, while for an installation at the Deutsche Guggenheim she constructed a sod factory in a gallery space. Though her works suggest a preoccupation with economic and environmental issues, the artist says it is greed that drives her desire to collect discarded materials. Washburn has recently turned to smaller, less site-specific work, using the materials from her larger installations to create mixed-media pieces like Skills Learned From My Hippie Orthodontist (2011), a collection of rocks mounted on a folding chair.

American, b. 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

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