Whattay Waste: Painting my love for found objects art

Picasso and German artist Kurt Schwitters were pioneers of found objects art back in the early 1900s, says Mini Arora.


Made from shells, teabags, beads, metal, canvas, staples, fabric and acrylic

My love affair for using “found objects” started some years ago with a mosaic. I made use of all the broken bits of decorative plates, ceramic coasters, and porcelain artefacts that my kids had broken while playing around the house. I was also reluctant to discard some beautiful Japanese greeting cards that I had been gifted, and so incorporated them into a collage.

Past to Present – Made with coins, plastic, paper, computer chip, key, negative, ink and wax

It was very satisfying to reuse items of sentimental value, and be able to still gain pleasure from them. Using found objects is nothing new, Picasso and German artist Kurt Schwitters were pioneers of this back in the early 1900s, and as a self-taught artist I take great delight in learning from the masters.

I have an instinctive tendency to hoard. I would keep unused items like extra beads, remnants of fabric, and lace, thinking they would be used in other clothing, but it never happened.

What transpired is that I started using them in my art. Now the use of found objects has become an obsession.

It seems that everything has an old life and can be given a completely new avatar in artwork. I use computer chips, wood, beads, lace, leather, plastic, glass, fabric—just about anything that can be glued. I now save broken things knowing they will get their place in my art at some point.

I have always had an inherent need to reuse things; plastic bags become bin liners, printer paper for shopping lists, towels turn into mops. I figure that we waste enough of the earth’s resources on our “necessities” and if I can reuse and control my own waste I am helping the planet just a little.

It gives me great satisfaction to produce any art, but the use of found objects gives me twofold fulfilment. The world really is my paintbox.


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mini Arora is an abstract artist who works with mixed media. more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mini Arora is an abstract artist who works with mixed media. more

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