- by Kate Dodd
Kate Dodd, 2020
Kate Dodd’s Efflorescence is a site-specific installation created from bundles of repurposed plastic water bottles. Composed of fourteen flower-like stalks, this whimsical grove demonstrates Dodd’s talent for using discarded materials to transform otherwise ordinary settings into fantastical spaces. The vibrant colors come from plastic as well—multiple layers of the netting used to bind onions and garlic.
“A certain amount of my artwork,” says Dodd, “responds to the question: What is there a lot of in the world that people don’t value? What can I do to give these materials value? A central part of art-making to me is turning nothing into something or turning raw materials into objects. And part of what making satisfies for me is the need to bring order to chaos. It doesn’t make sense to me to make new objects when the world is already so full of objects. And almost nothing seems as ever present and unwanted as plastic bottles.”
A graduate of New York’s Pratt Institute and a recipient of a 2020 NJ Fellowship for Sculpture, Kate Dodd has exhibited her artwork widely throughout New Jersey and in New York and California. Dodd frequently works with repurposed materials, using everything from discarded books to styrofoam cups to create installations for a variety of venues, from museums and parks to schools and train stations.
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Location: Kause Way
Installation Status: Current Installations