Aaron Moran is a great artist that I found through Proteus Blog. His art focuses on materials and their arrangement with the success in showing off their aesthetic qualities. The great part about it is that the materials Moran uses aren't from Home Depot, they are scraps and discarded pieces, unused and thus unloved.
When I asked him about his work, he stated:
"Structure is also of interest, the way in which objects or forms relate to each other on a physical level. I attempt to reclaim the lost materials by positioning them in a way that produces an aesthetically pleasing manner. There really is no such thing as 'waste' if you're willing to be creative."
This statement reminds me of a book I came across a few months ago that challenged its readers to pick up and collect items we find along our path to work or collect items that have neat shapes. We live in an age where we buy a vacuum cleaner intended to last 2 years, and when it is broken, we merely trash the old one and buy a new one. No one fixes or restores things, we just buy new new new. So how about saving those old broken pieces. You don't even have to restore them, just show them in their current form.
There is so much beauty in the abused and abandoned. The tire shards on the side of the road, the drift wood caught in the fence, the rusted mailbox thrown to the side. We need to start the routine of noticing them, savoring their uniqueness.
Anyways, thanks Aaron Moran for your commitment to treasuring the fragments left over from our past.