Artist Turns Plastic Trash Into Treasured Art
You can see the works of Erik Jon Olson at the Hopkins Center for the Arts until Nov. 28. The artwork is made out of quilted plastic waste, such as plastic bags used to deliver produce to grocery stores.
“Erik’s process is very efficient. He uses the scraps of scraps,” explains Jim Clark, visual arts manager for Hopkins Center for the Arts. “He’s making these wonderful art objects and he keeps all the off-cuts and uses them for other pieces or for batting or stuffing in another work.”
Erik’s work is impressive and attention-getting too. He seeks to bring attention to the waste in the environment.
“It may be light-hearted and whimsical, but you scratch the surface and it gets very serious very quickly,” said Clark.
Erik Jon Olson’s artwork will be displayed in the lobby gallery of the Hopkins Center for the Arts until Saturday, Nov. 28. You can check out gallery hours here.