: PROJECT’S TITLE
WIKI (THE MACAW)
CREATION TIME: 2019
MEASUREMENTS: HEIGHT: 35” LENGTH: 13” DEPTH: 4.5”
DESCRIPTION: I built the head of this piece around the top and arm of a plastic sippy cup. The feathers were mostly made from the blades from a broken pair of venetian blinds. You are able to make out the shapes of a variety of toys in the back of the bird, and you can very clearly see a telephone cord mixed into the form of the branch the bird is perched on.
: ABOUT THE ARTIST
My name is Stephanie Hongo and I am an artist based out of the us in Connecticut. I have been creating art for the majority of my life, but it wasn’t until i began making my trash pieces that I really felt inspired to create art for art’s sake. I come from a family of creators of all kinds, from carpentry to typography we all have an ability to “make things”. This broad range of ability and influence was a big factor in developing my own brand of creativity.
This all began in 2017 out of necessity. I had been working as a sign maker at a grocery store for years, and I was becoming increasingly unhappy with what i was doing and where I was working. As any artist knows it is quite difficult to find jobs in the field, and the lack of options forced me to quit my position without anything to fall back on. My goal then became to try making a living strictly off freelance art. The first problem here became buying supplies. Without a job to fund the material costs I couldn’t realistically see this plan moving forward. The realization that I could use trash truly just came to me all at once. It is in surplus, it is free, it comes in every imaginable shape/size, and using it as my base building material can benefit to our planet. I started making my creations and haven’t looked back since. This is the single most important landmark of my life so far, and I intend to follow the work wherever it takes me.
I do all the work on my pieces out of my home. The studio I have created for myself is always fully stocked with a mountain of trash and recyclables donated from friends, family, and individuals in my community. There is far too much waste generated in the world. I want to do my small part in helping eliminate some of that waste, while in turn making beautiful and unique works of art.