Raw Materials is an instillation created for Elsewhere Museum during Artist in Residence #106.
This installation piece translates Elsewhere's artifacts into new materials for art-making. Brick, scrap wood, and rotting cotton fabric become the sites for material transformation. The brick is pulverized into a source for pigment, the wood is charred into drawing charcoal, and cotton rag is beaten into pulp for paper making.
Throughout Elsewhere’s 58-year history, its expression has evolved and shifted with the economy and needs of the community. From an army surplus, to a furniture reupholstery, and eventually a thrift store, and its current iteration as a living museum and artist residency program."Raw Materials" mirrors that flow, translating Elsewhere’s artifacts into new art-making supplies for its current iteration.