john d. richards

yummy mud puddle

Burnsville, NC

I live in America where we throw out more stuff than many countries produce. I use trash because it's available, plentiful, inexpensive and symbolic of our rather wasteful society. I am easily inspired by spark plugs, radio tubes, chip boards, aluminum can lids, bottle caps and much more.

People bring me boxes of junk every week. Some time ago a box arrived with many bottle caps. One red one was bent to look like lips. I thought. "What would be eyes to match? Candelabra light bulb bottoms, of course. How about a pen top nose and some phone wire hair and pull tab ears?!" That became a "face-et"t followed by fishets, owlets, frogets, duckets and goatets. And that's how my system works.

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