Marcel Duchamp was one of the first figures to make garbage into art, and Glass Bags by Julie Brookman shows a contemporary comparison. Like many, the artist is sensitive to the way humans have negatively impacted the earth with trash that refuses to break down.
Plastic grocery bags, along with plastic bottles, have become symbols of that irreversible damage that results not only from the manufacturing of such synthetic items, but also in the careless disposal of them. Using blown glass sculptures to mimic the inflated and twisting look of airborne carriers, the artistic activist arranges her pieces across beautiful landscapes before photographing them.
Glass Bags by Julie Brookman is essentially a study of manmade and human-introduced environmental problems. The images she composes instantly become simultaneously beautiful and loathsome.