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Recycling to create art

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November 25, 2016

Melbourne artist Elizabeth Gower is the 25th artist to decorate Shepparton Art Museum’s Drawing Wall.

Melbourne artist Elizabeth Gower is the 25th artist to decorate Shepparton Art Museum’s Drawing Wall, which takes up the foyer of the Eastbank Centre, next to the art museum.

Ms Gower said she called her work 365 Rotations and created her designs from logos and designs found on everyday commercial items.

‘‘It’s things like teabags, SPC, Coles and Woolworths, it’s all familiar,’’ she said. ‘‘I went and bought a boot-load of SPC the other day, and now I’ve got a whole lot of SPC cans without labels.’’

Familiar logos and corporate designs are cut up and recreated into spherical designs similar to flowers or snowflakes.

Ms Gower said everything on the wall was from things she had bought or used in her daily life.

‘‘I’m taking what others throw away and recycling it into another form.’’

She said people sometimes ignored the designs and artistic work that went into everyday items but some things looked similar in corporate packaging no matter where they were from.

‘‘There is a universal aesthetic with packaging, something could have the Euro symbol on it but it still looks so familiar,’’ Ms Gower said.

Her work will be on the Drawing Wall until February 12.

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