Tibbie Dunbar: Assemble
For almost three years, multimedia artist Tibbie Dunbar collected plastic debris from the streets of Los Angeles, composing, and assembling them into small sculptures.
The medium of plastic trash can be interpreted as political, but Dunbar’s work is not meant to be political. She finds there is a beauty in detritus. The shapes, colors, and material qualities of these plastic pieces compel her to assemble them; to transform them, resulting in forms that hope to transcend their combined elements. These plastic shards, in most cases, have undergone a metamorphosis during their gutter life; run over by cars or transmogrified by other trauma. Collecting them and giving them new form, Dunbar positions them back in the world with fresh meaning.