all images and text © Anne S. Rogers

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Shelf Life (collaboration with Charlotte RD)

Shelf Life questions the plastic shrink-wrapping that often surrounds industrially produced goods. Although the plastic will last forever, it is what the consumer discards immediately to get to the product inside. The plastic objects in Shelf Life are all things that would have been thrown away. Through Shelf Life, we question our perception of value and significance of the everyday industrially produced plastic objects and sheets of handmade paper by reversing the material relationship between packaging and product and placing them in a space that is similar to that in which they would have originally been purchased. 

Shelf Life, 2017. Abaca handmade paper, found and collected plastic objects, handmade wooden shelves, handmade metal hooks. Installed in Smith Gallery at Grinnell College.