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Christy Rupp, "Watershed Glassware", 2000

Christy Rupp

The work of New York based artist, Christy Rupp sparkles with wit and environmental information. Concerned with water issues, bacterial pathogens, urban ecology and genetically engineered foods, Rupp creates glassware, functional sculpture and public spaces populated with artificial wildlife.

There is a distinctly urban and consumerist current to her work which plays on our desire to buy and collect beautiful clever things, and uses this opportunity to educate. In one piece entitled "Red Tide", from 1992, she created steel framed turtles filled with recycled detergent bottles. "The shelves of our supermarkets abound with giddy optimism", she explains. "Natural phenomena like Dawn, Ivory Snow, Tide, Breeze, Era, & Surfenter [clean] our lives as we scrub our cocoons, helping us distance ourselves as generators of water pollution." Other turtle sculptures are filled with plastic bags, a common cause of death in sea turtles who mistake them for jellyfish.

Another project calls attention to genetically modified foods by creating "Fake Companies" and food packaging materials with labels that demand "TELL US WHAT WE ARE EATING" and list "Randomly Mutating Food" in the contents. This theme is further explored through metal framed insect   . .(Read more)

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