melise mestayer
Living during a time of heightened eco-awareness, one must question how their own consumer indulgences aid in the decline of their surrounding environment. For the 'Reef Cycle' project at Angels Gate Cultural Center, I collected the toilet paper rolls I personally used over six months and transformed these brown cylinders into a sculptural coral reef. Given the location of the exhibition, San Pedro, CA, I referenced the current dilemma of dying coral and the bleaching reefs in the Pacific Ocean. These sculptures were created entirely from recyclable materials (including the water-soluble adhesives), and they were broken down at the end of the project. The objective of this endeavor was to shed light, literately and metaphorically, on how much we effect our surroundings through consumption.

Visit 'Reef Cycle' at Angels Gate Cultural Center