Heather Law


White Trash, is body of work that aims to reflect upon our personal role and contribution to the solid waste stream through routine consumption and waste disposal. From everything we eat and drink, to the refuse we flush down the drain, we all consume resources. Living in a materially saturated, mass-consumer society, we have evolved into an increasingly disposable culture. By identifying with our waste production, we then can better evaluate the pitfalls of our materialistic ways. Common consumer products stuffed inside a toilet creates a recognizable waste pattern found within the domestic household. Our trash is considered pollution. Once disposed of, our society takes an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality. Trash receptacles, such as garbage cans and toilets, conveniently offer a sense of freedom from further obligation. Plastic or ceramic containers quell concern for wastes' ultimate destination. By stripping away context and color, I am exposing the sheer volume of waste that we, as individuals, contribute daily. Through this, I raise questions about our current disposable culture.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique; Refuse and refuse disposal in art

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School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Hirsch, Rick

Advisor/Committee Member

Kronfield, Elizabeth


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in January 2014. Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK4235 .L39 2013


RIT – Main Campus

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