Cellulose

Cellulose

EXPERIMENTAL SEATING OBJECT

This research is a reinterpretation of biomaterials while creating bioplastiglomerate objects that will probably disappear in the future geological layers leaving no negative impact or synthetic man-made materials identity and could be an invisible example of a short period of positive human impact for the future species on Earth.

In this research, the artist seeks to rethink the relationship between humans and nature, raise the question about today’s scientific information and speculate the future material possibilities where art can be a kind of guide for how to live and think in the Anthropocene period. Austėja raises the fundamental questions about how creative practices can be focused on the social, cultural, and political ideas that will only remain in the geological layers of the Earth after the Sixth Extinction, and how we can use natural materials to create an alternative, unpredictable future scenario.

The purpose of this research is to answer the main question of what it means for art and design to face the Anthropocene and to follow the biomaterial transformations to observe the flows and traces we will leave behind as a species.

Additional information

This experimental seating object is made of only cellulosic materials and metal wire to make the object stable while balancing the functional versus the non-functional. The object is shaped by hand using recycled cellulose fiber mass and coated with cellulose-based bioplastic mixed with organic charcoal powder to make it black and give more decorativeness. The cellulose-based bioplastic makes the object waterproof and protects it against possible damage, but still, keeps it organic and biodegradable. Due to natural processes and micro-organisms, the object will again become a part of nature, forming new material layers, and will cause no harm to the environment or other forms of life at all.

Ingredients

Metal wire, recycled cellulose fiber, cellulose-based bioplastic, organic charcoal powder.

Maker

Austėja Platūkytė

References

AUSTEJA PLATUKYTE | CLUSTER CRAFTS 2020 (Video)
AUSTEJA PLATUKYTE Cluster Exhibitor | Cluster Crafts | 2020 (Article)

Photo credits

Austėja Platūkytė