Plan Your Experience

Heather M. Cole

Title: Burst

Location: 40 South 6th Street (City Center)

On display until: April 1, 2018

I am interested in the transformation of things — both the concept of changing or having a new purpose and the physical change from one thing to another.

My work revolves around the transformation of common, everyday objects and materials into art that prompts, and hopefully, inspires the viewer to look at these objects in a new way.

When I make my work, I think about the life cycle of the original object as I am working with it. I also visualize the larger story of the object being a waste material moving through the world with multiple paths, some potentially very destructive to our own existence.

My hope in creating and exhibiting this work is to cause the viewer to consider personal actions and choices that either create or reduce larger impacts in their own lives as well as on the larger environment as a whole. 

In 1907, chemist Leo Hendrik Baekland formulated for a new synthetic polymer originating from coal tar. “Bakelite.” By 1909, Baekland had coined “plastics.” 

A study published Science Advances estimates the total amount of plastic ever produced throughout the world to be 8,300 million metric tons.