Lucia Eames’ reuse and repurposing of materials was prodigious. Her formidable collection of steamed-off labels served as lessons in graphic design while the shiny silver linings of Carnation Instant Breakfast packets were magically elevated into studies for sculptures. Magazine pages and brown paper wrappers were uplifted into a myriad of differently-conceived butterflies and strips of paper were interlaced and converted into weavings.
Lucia’s eye saw beauty in all, whether stacks of broken-in-half eggshells, dried flowers recently bright in an arrangement, torn-out magazine pages, re-washed aluminum foil or empty bottles. What others might have viewed as trash, Lucia turned into visual treasure.
WE MUST DANCE
UPON THE SCRAPHEAPS
OF OUR LIVES
Lucia Eames, 1998