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| December 16, 2013
Urban Kudzu uses a combination of printmaking, cut paper, and cheap, dollar store objects. || Image: Beautiful Decay

Urban Kudzu uses a combination of printmaking, cut paper, and cheap, dollar store objects. || Image: Beautiful Decay

Words by Mija Kovacic

THINK back to a childhood of cheap arts and crafts with paddle pop sticks, glitter glue, and scrap cardboard. The dollar store is the hot spot for all our dodgy childhood arts projects, but now artist Crystal Wagner has done something more impressive than ever with our favourite goodies.

Wander through luscious forests and find yourself upon a moss patch. Wagner’s work is organic and magical, with the artist spending much of her time at Yellowstone National Park and Joshua Tree National Park. Her awe-inspiring pieces are structured with items like police tape, chicken wire, and table cloths. Using these items, Wagner constructs 3D instalments by creating multi-layered forms off the floor, walls, and ceiling of everyday spaces. In what seems like a step into wonderland, the installations are environmentally friendly, and utilise items that are already in our world to create a calming, tranquil environment.

“My latest installation titled Urban Kudzu explores ideas related to people and their disconnection from the natural world… In my own experience with the world, I have a deep rooted understanding of what the plastic feels like, of what man-made materials and spaces feel like, and tend to perceive the natural world through a very exotic lens,” Wagner said. “With Urban Kudzu I wanted to explore colors that seemed more artificial or synthetic. Maybe fast forward 100 years, where plastic grows by itself?”

Take a look at Crystal Wagner’s dazzling, new installation below:

  • Image: Hi Fructose
  • Image: Hi Fructose
  • Image: Hi Fructose
  • Image: Hi Fructose
  • Image: Hi Fructose
  • Image: Hi Fructose
  • Image: Hi Fructose
  • Image: Hi Fructose
  • Image: Hi Fructose
  • Image: Hi Fructose

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