ARTIST: Lee Davignon

ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a mixed media artist working in textiles, sculpture, and installation. Through a combination of sculptural experiments, object-making, and performance, my work explores broader themes of capitalism: production, labor, value, craftsmanship, and consumerism. Materially, I work in the waste stream, mining my own daily interactions with disposable objects for potential art supplies. Depending on where I am working, these sources change. and have ranged from used bike tires from my local bike shop to collecting waste material from my work on construction sites and in the textile industry. In this way my work acts as a material mapping, tracing my connections with the waste stream and creating an abstracted sense of place for viewers who may recognize the print on a plastic newspaper bag or the texture of a sweatshirt. Working in the waste stream allows me to be playful with my work, asking questions and gauging responses: can it be stretched, layered, cut, punctured, soaked, knotted, or stiffened? These freeform interactions lead to moments of discovery that drive my inquiry onward. My aim with this work is to create art that provokes curiosity and encourages discourse on our role as consumers within systems of commodification and waste.