Celebrate Valentines Day!

Shepherd_Lindsay-500To celebrate, we wanted to feature some of the ligh-hearted works from the LandfillArt Collection.  all with themes of love!


by Lindsay Shepherd
Nashville, Tennessee
Lindsay, a Nashville, Tennessee native collage artist strives to create bright and wondrous dreamscapes that evoke the imagination. Her work is playful, positive and friendly. Lindsay is the owner and operator of her studio, Shepherd’s Dreamland, in Tennessee. “I thought this project would be a fun and an interesting challenge. I was excited to participate in a worldwide artist reclamation project.”



Freeway Of Love

By Stacy Wills
Canton, Mississippi
“When I discovered my canvas was a Cadillac hubcap, Aretha Franklin’s song Freeway of Love came to mind. This song became my inspiration and I painted the whole thing pink… [I let my mandala] speak to me and tell me what it wanted to be…..



Queen of Hearts

by Michelle Allee
Pass Christian, Mississippi
“It is always a thrill for me to find beauty in discarded items. Taking “trash-to-treasure” is truly art in its most basic form. If we all look through rose colored glasses and manage to find real beauty in our discards, then managing to incorporate these parts into our lives, we would have more art and fewer landfills.”

King of Hearts, by Teal Buehler, Bend, Oregon



Buick Baby

by Jacque Parsley
Louisville, Kentucky
“I like to combine disparate imagery with old, new and personal items to create parables about the human condition. I have been using found objects, recycled and discarded materials for forty years and I am thrilled to be a part of this project.” Jacque Parsley



Love Bug Hub

by Evelyn And Alvin Jacobs
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Alvin is a retired math teacher with 58 years of College and High School experience. Since retiring he has found a new interest in drawing and painting. Evelyn is a pianist and dancer. Her hobby had been drawing, painting and collage. Her husband and her have been married for 58 years.
“The idea of transforming a hubcap into a work of art intrigues us. However, painting was not out expertise. When we saw the funny ‘LOVE’ music box that played the song ‘LOVE’ while the letters danced, a light bulb when on. We decided to use the hubcap as a base for the music box and 2 chrome dessert dishes as a pedestal, and then trimmed it with netting and beads from broke necklaces. ‘LUV BUG HUB’ was made entirely from recycled material. We had so much fun creating it!”


Chit Chat

by Jan Hurst
Jeffersonville, Indiana

Jan has been a calligrapher since 1978 and now does wedding calligraphy. She also paints with acrylics and mixed media and loves to work on collage. Jan enjoys reusing paper in collage and making handmade books.
“I wanted to recycle and thought it was an interesting project.”


Endangered: Our Oceans

The continuing tragedy of the pollution and destruction of our oceans is being ignored by much of the world’s population – particularly in the United States.

It is an ongoing concern of many of our LandfillArt artists and they are bringing attention to the unfolding tragedy through their art by creating moving images using recycled materials.  Here are the statements of six of these artists.


Untitled, by Alek Krylow, Denmark

Krylow_Alek-500In a world where it is easier to throw away than repair it is refreshing to take part in an enterprise where the idea is to reuse a discarded item as a painting canvas instead of allowing it to pollute the environment. “ Alek Krylow

Alek Krylow grew up in England, in a Polish family. He has been drawing since childhood. Alek was educated as a biologist in England. On moving to Denmark in 1980, he began illustrating biology books, later began teaching watercolor painting. In the last 25 years, Alex has taught watercolor and drawing techniques and has produced 18 watercolor teaching videos in Danish. He has recently published a book on watercolor techniques.

Mercury Man, by Dick Dahl


Dirk is a self-taught artist from Washington state. He has been creating art in various forms throughout his life, exploring different mediums and techniques. Dirk works in ceramics creating and teaching the making of Face Jugs in his studio in North Seattle.

After my family and I were watching a documentary on islands of floating trash in the open sea… This project came to my attention and I was instantly compelled to connect with my roots, creating beauty or art out of discarded items. ”

Jelly Fish, by Virginia Mallon

Jelly Fish, by Virginia Mallon


Virginia’s home town of Crab Meadow, which is located on the Northshore of Long Island was hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which inspired her to launch two projects, the first project, “Washed in on the Salt” is about catastrophic weather related events. The second project titled, “Out is a Place” comments on what is taken away, as well as on what is discarded, thrown out, tossed aside without the conscious awareness that out is a place. These projects resulted in a collection of lost and found items that represent the precarious balance between man and his environment, and the lack of value placed on disposable possessions.

I am a painter, photographer and blogger with a focus on both human and environmental subjects. In my work I hope to illustrate the juxtaposition man and nature while paralleling the strengths and vulnerabilities of each.” Virginia Mallon

Virginia was educated at Forest Park School of Art, Woodhaven, New York- with Indian Space artist Robert Barrell Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing New York. Her work has been shown in many solo, group and juried exhibitions throughout the East Coast and Italy.


Portal to the Sea, by Becky Luth 


British Columbia, Canada

I love being in the ocean and value any efforts to keep it clean, so we can continue to enjoy its magic!” Becky Luth

Most of Becky’s art is related to the ocean and has been inspired by her travels and experiences surfing, diving, snorkeling and exploring the beaches and tide pools. Her latest focus has been surf art which is her expression of thankfulness to our creator who designed the waves and gave us the ability to ride them for our enjoyment!

Her website is at: www.bekisart.com


Metal Hubcap Fish, by Ptolemy Elrington,

Brighton, UK

ElringtonPtolemy-500“Ken Marques’ project looks like a very positive approach to encourage ethical awareness through art and recycling. These are strongly relevant values in the nature of my work and I not only think it’s appropriate for my work to be included, it’s an honor to be a small part of this.” Ptolemy Elrington

Ptolemy, from Brighton, in the UK, has been a professional sculptor for 10 years. He works in recycled materials with regenerative eco aware theme inherent in his work. His work has been shown in numerous venues in London and the surrounding area, as well as Ireland and Greece.

His website is at: www.hubcapcreatures.com


The Salmon Of Knowledge, by Orla Hilton



Limerick, Ireland

“I like the idea of making art from objects that are found. Especially when they are objects that had a previous life and use.” Orla Hilton

Orla was born and raised in Limerick, on the river Shannon. She loved to watch as her dad used to row down it when she was a child, and loved to watch the fishermen and women standing on the bridge watching and waiting.
















Emerging Green Man by Janice Blaine, Canada

The Green Man

One of the intriguing arworks created for the LandfillArt Collection is the work by Janice Blaine, of Calgary, Canada, of the Emerging Green Man.


When I was asked to participate in this project, I saw it as a unique opportunity to explore a new medium, acrylic on metal. I work primarily in watercolour, so I loved the challenge. As an environmentalist, I also loved the idea of turning ‘trash’ into works of art. I’m thrilled to be a part of a green movement that is beautiful, educational, and productive! The theme of the project also gave me another chance to paint one of my favorite subjects…The Green Man

Throughout her career, Janice has worked on a wide variety of projects that have ranged from pre-production animation to design and illustration of children’s books. She is co-editor and illustrator of the Urban Green Man anthology, and her illustrations have appeared on the covers of numerous books and magazines. She currently works as the Production Manager of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

Source of the Image of the Green Man

As Janice Blaine mentioned in her statement, the subject of the Green Man is her favorite !  But what is the source for the use of the Green Man?  This is difficult to trace because while it seems to be a concept that has existed since antiquity, it’s impossible to pin down a specific source or culture.

In general, a Green Man is any kind of a carving, drawing, painting or representation which shows a head or face surrounded by, or made from, leaves. The face is almost always male, although a few Green Women do exist.

But, in that general description, there are a surprising number of  variations, and there do not appear to be standard representations of a Green Man, and there are even examples of two-headed and even three-headed, Green Men.

Most Green Men can be seen in stone and wood carvings in Christian churches – a vast majority in Britain, France and Germany – and main date from the medieval period from the 11th to 16th Century.

These can range from very simple and basic carvings in a folk art tradition, to sophisticated and expressive sculptures in the best church ornamentation. Some of the faces have welcoming and reassuring expressions; others are ferocious, at times even threatening. And some appear barely human – looking more like demons or beasts.

You can see this huge variety if you do a search on Google and look at the images that come up.

Common Interpretation

The most common interpretation for the Green Man is that of a pagan nature spirit, a symbol of man’s reliance on and union with nature, a symbol of the underlying life-force, and of the renewed cycle of growth each spring. With this view it is probable that the tradition came from older nature deities such as the Celtic Cernunnos and the Greek Pan and Dionysus.

However, the first use of the term “Green Man” only dates back to 1939, when it was used by Lady Raglan (wife of the scholar and soldier Major Fitzroy Somerset, 4th Baron Raglan) in her article “The Green Man in Church Architecture”, published in the Folklore journal of March 1939. This article established the Green Man as a legitimate subject for historical and anthropological study, and established the term “Green Man” as the preferred label.

A common link in nearly all of the legends and myths which have been suggested is that of metamorphosis and transformation.  That fits in perfectly with Blaine’s use of the Green Man as a subject for her recycled and transformed art work!

The Green Man expert Kathleen Basford has stated:   “It can be difficult to distinguish between what is a purely decorative association and what may be a significant association of ideas.”  So as at its heart, the Green Man remains, and will always remain, a mystery.

published_urbangreenmanOne especially intriguing theory for the meaning of the Green Man is that the image appears in cycles related to times of crisis or significant change.  That certainly fits our world today and the subject’s modern popularity may have been triggered by our current environmental crisis.

The Green Man can be seen as an archetype of the “conservator”, whose mission is to counsel us to take from the environment only what we need to survive and to conserve the rest, and to remind us of our responsibilities for caring for the natural world.

In recent years, the environmental and Green movement and various other campaigns and commercial organizations have been using the image of the Green Man as a marketing tool, and he has become a symbol for the environment.

A fascinating website that further discusses the possible sources and interpretations, can be found at:   http://www.greenmanenigma.com/theories.html

Janice Blaine’s illustrations for the book The Urban Green Man, can be seen on her website at:















Two Artists from Malaysia

The artists that have contributed to the Landfillart Collection come from every one of the 50 states in the US and  52 countries. For this article we selected two artists from Malaysia, and give a little information on the environmental challenges in that beautiful country.

Malaysia ranks as the 21st most bio-diverse country in the world, with 2,199 endemic species. 18% of these species are listed as ‘threatened’, and because they are endemic, if Malaysia fails to conserve them, extinction will result.



Green, by Ching Teoh


“I painted the hubcap green with a flowery pattern to signify rebirth… today it celebrates its new life as a decoration piece on the wall!”
Ching Teoh

Ching, born in Penang in 1971, is a self-taught painter with a master’s degree in applied science. Painting with vibrant colors has always been her hobby, inspired by growing up in a multi-cultural environment where traditional art and customs have been embraced. By the year 2000, Ching and her husband, Khoo started ArtBug, an interior decorative art company. She is currently a full time painter, accepting commissions.


Deforestation is Major Environmental Concern in Malaysia

One of Malaysia’s main environmental challenges is deforestation. Much of the country’s economic growth can be attributed to its forest industry, but this has created the problems of deforestation. Between 1990 and 2010 Malaysia lost 8.6% of its forest cover, or around 1,920,000 hectares. There is still a relatively high forest coverage with estimates of 59.9% of the total area covered by forests — a sizeable portion of this is untouched virgin forests which date back to around 130 million years.

But a major problem created by the deforestation has been the elimination of habitat of many of the endemic species.  At east a fifth of Malaysia’s mammal species, including the Sumatran serow,  Sumatran rhino, dugong and the Malayan tiger, face extinction, with many numbering only in the hundreds.
Data from the World Bank showed that 70 of Malaysia’s 336 mammal species were threatened as of 2014, the seventh highest in the world in this category.   Birds, fish and plants are also at risk.  Malaysia’s population of Sumatran rhino, for example, has been almost completely wiped out mainly because of the monetary value of its horn.

Another problem created by deforestation has been that the traditional ways of life of the indigenous peoples in Malaysia are being destroyed because they depend on the rainforest for medicine, shelter, food, and other necessities. As the forest disappears, so does their culture.

The Malaysian Nature Society is active in advocating protection of forest and The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia has also been actively conducting research on the biodiversity of Malaysia’s forests as well as in conservation.

Two in One

by Chew Fang Chin
Sarawak, Malaysia

“This is a challenge for me as an artist to transform a rusted metal into an art creation. This is also my support to this meaningful and creative recycle project from Kuching in Malaysia.”   Chew Fang Chin


Chew Fang Chin is a professional artist who has had more than 28 solo Art Exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, China, Australia, Taiwan, US and other countries.   His website is at:  www.fangchin.com

In his art, by combining a mixture of watercolor and Chinese ink, he is able to give a deeper insight into the Sarawak indigenous people.

Sarawak is Malaysia’s largest state. Its natural beauty is rich in flora and fauna — many threatened as noted above — and many designs in the arts and crafts are based on age-old legends. Located in the northwestern part of Borneo – known as the land of the Hornbills – it is a place of natural splendor, history, and mystery and is home to numerous indigenous cultures. Sarawak is well known for it’s ethnic diversity and the cultured lifestyle of its people – Sarawak has 27 ethnic groups, 45 languages and dialects who live together in peace and harmony.

The Sarawak Tourism Ministry selected Chin’s “Ethnic Impression” Series for its 1993 and 1994 tourism calendars.

The Ibans – Sarawak’s largest ethnic group – live in longhouses. Known for its warriors, they were one feared headhunters of Borneo. The women are among the finest weavers of Borneo and the “Pau Kumbu” is their masterpiece. The Malays are another major ethnic group and are known for their beautifully crafted wooden houses, and the “kain songkat” and “selayah keringkam” (textiles worked with gold and silver thread). The Bidayuh also live in longhouses, and are known for the “kesah” mats – stoutly woven from rattan and beaten tree bark to produce a hardy floor covering.

The Orang Ulu are the most artistically oriented of Borneo’s ethic people. Their massive longhouses are decorated with murals, their utensils are embellished with intricate beadwork, and the women cover their hands, arms, legs and feet with finely detailed tattoos.


chew-fang-chin-1nChew was the country’s first artist to exhibit in Qingdao Museum and Jinan Hall, China. Chew is also the first Malaysian artist to exhibit his artwork in the Academia SINICA Taiwan, R.O.C.

Chew’s paintings are in collections of art galleries and museums around the world in Malaysia, Australia, China, Singapore and Taiwan, as well as private collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.


It Can be Done !




Es Kann Getan Werden, Portrait of Karl Benz
by Jenna Fournier
Chagrin Falls, Ohio


Several artists represented in the LandfillArt collection have incorporated automobile history into their re-cycled hubcaps.

One of the most interesting is this Portrait of Karl Benz by Jenna Fournier in Ohio.

Karl Friedrich Benz  was a German engine designer and engineer who has generally been regarded as the inventor of the first true gasoline-powered automobile.  Together with his wife Bertha, he was the  pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.  In 1888, Karl, Bertha, and their two teenaged sons drove the first long-distance car journey in history.

While other German engineers Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach also were working on similar types of inventions, Benz received a patent for his work first, and,then patented all the processes that made the internal combustion engine feasible for use in an automobile. In 1879, his first engine patent was granted to him, and in 1886, Benz was granted a patent for his first automobile.

The German phase in the title means, “it can be done.” Jenna Fournier chose the title as a tribute to Benz and all those who dream of doing what seems impossible.




Looking at an early photograph of Benz, you can see that the artist has playfully incorporated the three “wings” of the Mercedes symbol at the center of the hubcap,  to form the flamboyant mustache and strong aquiline nose of Karl Benz.

Jenna Fournier was born in 1984 outside Los Angeles, California and grew up in a military family, landing as a teenager in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was an artist from early childhood, and began developing her talent and selling art informally off the Strip at age 18. Her paintings often reflect dreams or ideas, the planes of the natural world colliding with the modern, and her passion for music. She is also a singer-songwriter with guitar, a graphic artist, and dabbles in acting when time allows. Creative influences include Dali, Picasso, and Franz Marc. 
Her work has appeared in Las Vegas, Nashville, and Cleveland galleries. She currently lives in Cleveland, OH, and plays in the shoe-gaze rock band Nights.


The World on a Turtle’s Back

The LandfillArt Collections features over 1000 artworks created from recycled hubcaps. The round shape of the hubcap lends itself readily to themes that encompass the eye, the sun, the wheel of fortune, etc, and the wealth of ideas and interpretations range from pleas for recycling, documentation of myths, personal interests, environmental issues, and many other ideas.  However an interesting correlation with the turtle shell prompted several artists to create artworks the reflect on the myths and themes of the turtle.

Here are four artists that used the turtle as their subject for their hubcaps

Turtle Song   by Linda Windell


Ecology and the environment are inherent to American Indian culture. As an Indian artist I am so pleased to be part of this unique endeavor send a message of reclamation to the world.”

From Greensboro, Georgia, Linda is a self-taught Native American artist of Creek/Cherokee decent. Her work has garnered two national awards, four Native American Corps, and was selected for the cover of the Wisconsin Paint Horse Journal. Linda has loyal collectors throughout North and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia.  You can find more examples of her work on her website at : www.mstarstudio.com


Once Upon A Turtles Back…  by Jeb Prazak


I love a challenge and taking some ‘thing’ that was essentially nothing and turning it into something meaningful was just that.”

Working now in Dodgeville, Wsconsin, Jeb holds a BA from Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi and a BFA from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. She is founder of Metropolitan Art, renovating a garage into a gallery. She currently works and teaches out of her studio and gallery, Jeb Art.  Her website is at: www.jebprazak.com


Turtle by Mark Needham

NeedhamMark-500To raise awareness of the long-lasting impact of landfills it seemed appropriate to utilize the imagery of longevity embodied in the turtle… What goes to a landfill stays there for a very long time-sometimes passively sometimes menacingly. Smarter manufacturing and consuming is vital to our long term economic and physical survival…“

Louisville, Kentucky.   Mark received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from The School of Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. He is experienced in a wide variety of media, and his work has been shown extensively in the United States and is collected publicly and privately. Mark has been published in several publications and has received over forty awards for design excellence in regional, national, and international competitions. He is also past President and Secretary of the Louisville Graphic Design Association.  His website is at: www.markneedhamjewelry.com


Spirit Turtle by Libby Maynard

Maynard-Libby-500x500I have long thought that the next big resource extraction boom would be in landfills and have consciously worked to keep stuff out of landfills since the 1970’s, so being part of a project to create art using materials rescued from landfills was an exciting prospect. I found that during the creation process, I started looking around with newly focused eyes at consumption and what I could do to help promote recycling and minimize consumption. The Eureaka (CA) Art & Culture Commission is now in the process of selecting artists to place art on the City’s recycling bins to encourage public awareness. For my art piece, I chose the turtle spirit to inhabit the hubcap as symbolic of earth and grounding. It is only loosely tied to the hubcap so as not to be permanently tied to human waste.”

Eureka, California.  Libby is the Executive Director of the Ink People Center for the Arts and co-founder of the organization. As well as a professional artist, she has over 35 years of nonprofit administration experience, and is a consultant in nonprofit management and program development.  She received her BA, K-2 Teaching Credential, and MA in art from Humbolt State University, Arcata, California. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout California, and is in collections across the nation.  The Ink People’s DreamMaker program has fostered over 200 community-initiated projects in the past 34 years and currently manages over 75 project     Her website is at: www.mstarstudio.com


A Dangerous Game

Today, you cannot help but be moved and affected by the shocking tragedies that have been appearing daily in the news.  The earthquake and environmental catastrophes, along with the continuing human tragedies coming from the Middle East and Africa have reached staggering proportions.

As we have been selecting some of the recycled hubcap artworks from the Landfillart Collection for the upcoming series of exhibitions, certain ones have been especially thought-provoking.

The artists that have contributed to this collection come from every one of the 50 states in the US and  nearly 50 countries.

This extraordinary artwork created by Aida Vosoughi from Iran is especially perceptive and profound

You Were Born & Stuck In The Middle Of A Dangerous Game…Yes! It’s Just A Game! But We Are Sorry To Inform You…You Are The Only Real Object There!!

“I am always dealing VosoughiAida-500with environmental issues and worry about the future of our polluted planet; because we have just one Earth and it is the trust of future generations.

I have a sense of duty to do something for it and the Landfillart Project is a gate to respect it. I am also dealing with events that these days happened in my hometown and as an artist think to the ways I can reflect it to the international audiences and again Landfillart is a true way.  Aida Vosoughi

Aida was born in 1982 in Tehran, Iran. She received a Diploma in fine art in 2001, and a BA in painting in 2005.  She participated in 11 group exhibitions from 1997-2008 in galleries in Tehran, and is a Member of SIP  (The Society of Iranian Painters) cooperating in theater (custom & scene designer).      She has also done research on contemporary art since 2007.

Another one of Aida’s beautiful artworks, The Game! can be seen at:

“I am interested in comparing my personal ideas with social examples to find similarity and/or differences. Since our individual mentality and manner in life is a sample of the big society we live in, huge paradoxes in our minds represent huge paradoxes in real world.  So I am trying to create individual icons to express them as much as I can,also the materials and visual elements that I am using depend on my subject of interest and with them I try to achieve the best way possible to explain my vision and thoughts.”

Her hubcap artwork will be included in the upcoming international exhibition of about 150 of the artworks from the LandfillArt Collection that will tour in Europe and Asia during 2016 – 2018


Found Objects and Landfillart

Using found objects to create works of art is part of a fascinating tradition in modern art.  (See our article on using found objects in recycling here)

Originally coming from the French term objet trouvé, a found object describes art created from undisguised, but often modified, objects or products, not normally considered art.

It is generally accepted that Marcel Duchamp perfected the concept when he made a series of ready-mades — completely unaltered everyday objects selected by him and designated as art.

A large number of artists in the Landfillart project have incorporated found objects to make statements about re-cycling.  Some of the especially interesting examples in the Landfillart Collection include:

Wheels of Change

by Lisa J Levasseur


I think there is so much value often lost between the generations that art can play an important role in communication of these things. I am moved by the actions, history and events that shape mankind. My inspiration can come from the simplest of things, like the craftsmanship of a discarded old hubcap. I created Palette Art because I couldn’t bear to throw away the dried up paint on my palettes and found a way to turn it into art instead. I’m honored to participate in a project with such tremendous social value.” Lisa J Levasseur

Valmont, British Columbia.  Lisa has quickly emerged as an artist in less than two years with no formal art education or background painting. She is known for her incredible range of work and raw natural talent with different mediums. Featured in exhibitions in New York and Palm Desert as the creator of an innovative technique using 100% acrylic paint and unique type of abstract work called Palette Art.

Her website is at www.paletteart.org


Shiny But Cracked Landscape

by David Benforado

BenforadoDavid-500I like the idea of working with discarded materials. It was a challenge to work on a restricted size and surface such as the hubcap. My concept was to come up with a theme which reflects our impact on nature. The car industry and the carbon emissions greatly add to the pollution of the environment. In addition, I am very pleased to take part on this global initiative of collecting metal canvasses and doing something creative with them.” David Benforado

Syros, Greece.  David studied painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, received a BFA from Brandeis University, and had an internship at the Guggenheim Museum, Venice. He is an internationally exhibiting artist who has had several solo and group exhibitions and publications.

His website is at www.davidbenforado.com

No Bees – No Humans

Erika Wain

WainErika-500The purpose [of this piece] is to bring home an awareness of the fragility of the human’s existence, dependent on a tiny creature that most shun, run away from, swat at, and in general are fearful of – the Bee. She is indeed  a friendly ‘foe’ worthy of adoration and appreciation, for without her, humanity will not survive.” Erika Wain

A Canadian born artist now working in Los Angeles, California, Erica is both an artist on canvas and multimedia artist. She is a graduate of UCLA with a of arts degree. She has traveled Europe, Egypt, Greece and North Africa, setting in California. Erika is also a beekeeper who lost 80% of her bees in 2007 and 50% of her bees in 2008, due to colony collapse disorder, a virus that has spread all over the world. Erika’s art has been exhibited in France, Germany, New York City, Korea, California, Italy, Greece and Japan.

Hopes And Fears

by Dale Copeland


Puniho, New Zealand

The re-use of the discarded is the hub of my assemblage artwork. The French call it ‘bricolage’ – the philosophy of the found. Careful constructions of treasured objects, joy in jetsam, philosophy in flotsam.”    Dale Copeland

Dale is an internationally exhibiting artist. She has worked in collage, jewelry, book-making, photography, fabric art and sculpture, but her favored medium is assemblage, or box art:
 careful constructions of treasured objects. Dale’s work has been published in L’Art du Collage dans tous ses états by Pierre Jean Varet, Editions Artcolle, Paris, and Artist’s Magazine, US.


The Vanity Circle

by Carmel Bonello

BonelloCarmel-500.jpg.pagespeed.ic.H9RPsaG-y4The concept behind creating a work of art about this theme is the use of scrap or refuse material to create the work. I wanted to create something related to Vanity and faces as I had some extra old costume jewelry to give away. I created the faces on the hub cap as I use a lot of faces in my style and combined the hubcap with the jewellery to create this work of art.” Carmel Bonello

Mellieha, Malta.   Carmel was born in Siggiewi in 1960 and studied art at the School of Arts and has a diploma in fine arts. The artist feels his art is inclined in the expressive movements. Carmel tries to experiment in different medias in most of his paintings and drawings. The artist had several solo exhibitions in Malta and abroad. Many of his works are to be found in Malta and different countries around the world especially in France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.



The Wheel of Fortune

Upcoming posts on the Landfill Art Project blog will focus on different aspects of the LandfillArt collection — themes that were repeated in different ways by different artists, unusual techniques and media used, stories told by the artists, concerns about the environment,

So it seems appropriate to begin our exploration of the collection with the Idea of the Wheel of Fortune – the role that chance, fate, and luck plays in our lives

The concept of the Wheel of Fortune, or Rota Fortunae goes back to ancient and medieval philosophy, referring to the capricious nature of Fate. The wheel belongs to the goddess Fortuna, who spins it at random, changing the positions of those on the wheel – some suffer great misfortune, others gain windfalls. Fortune appears on all paintings as a woman, sometimes blindfolded, “puppeteering” a wheel.

The artists chose different ways to portray their thoughts about Rota Fortunae


The Wheel Of Fortune

by Nives Cicin-Sain


Nives Cicin-Sain from Split, Croatia created her own version of The Wheel of Fortune.  Nives has had 20 solo exhibitions and has taken part in over 50 group exhibitions throughout the world.  She graduated from the Art School in 1979, and became a member of the Croatian Association of Independent Artists in 1989.

In her artistic expressions she mostly uses a papier-mâché technique which she perfected herself, and as a result she has held many workshops at home, in Japan, Germany, USA and Israel. Until 1999, she participated in numerous theatre projects, modeling art props, masks and jewelry. Nives also created three independent scene set designs and three costume design projects. She has experience with illustration of books and design of picture postcards. During 2007, she published a book My Papier-Mâché in Croatian that was also translated into English and German.

see her website at  http://www.nivescicinsain.com/


The Wheel Of Fortune

by Chloe Paganini And Sébastian Aurillon


Chloe is a French artist who graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-arts in Paris. She has been living in NYC for two and a half years. Sebastien is a Parisian painter who lives and works in NYC as an art consultant for galleries and artists. Both artists work together under the name Miss Chloe and Mister Sebastien.

Can accessories be used to show a glimpse of one’s style, one’s social status, one’s fortune. The words ‘Wheel’ and ‘Fortune’ came to us and we decided to take a play on them.”

website at   http://chloepaganini.com/



The Wheel Of Fortune

by Donalee Pond-Koenig



From the fame ‘Wheel of Fortune’ my idea grew. I have saved our fortunes from the cookies for years and had always planned to use them in some form of art project. So here it is in a hubcap circle-perfect!”    Donalee Pond-Koenig

Donalee, from Tallahassee, Florida,  has a BFA in fine arts from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She has a professional art studio and is on the Board of Directors for two well known art galleries. Donalee has taught as an adjunct professor at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College.

Her website is at :  http://donaleepondkoenig.com/home.html


The Wheel Of Fortunes

by Rhonda Williams-Parent



Rhonda currently lives in Woodinville, Washington but was born in northern Ontario in Canada. She has enjoyed creating art her whole life but assemblage artwork has just recently become part of her creative expression. Rhonda shows and teaches art in the Seattle, Washington area.

The concept of reusing materials in the creation of art is not only brilliant but it is irreplaceable! The patina that use imparts on materials makes every piece of art incredibly unique.” Rhonda Williams-Parent


The Wheel Of Fortune

by Karen Landey


Living in Beaverton, Oregon, video artist and indie video producer, Karen Landey has produced nine issues of Indie Arts: The DVD Magazin.  The cutting edge DVD format features videotaped interviews with mixed media and collage artists and offers ideas for independent artists to take their art to the next level and ways to get their artwork seen.

I was intrigued by the concept of turning trash into art. I loved the challenge of finding the treasure in the shape and material. The Wheel of Fortune was the perfect solution, using more trash to make this treasure.” Karen Landey

Her website is at  http://karenlandey.com/  and the DVD magazine is at  http://indieartsdvd.com/


The Wheel Keeps Turning

by Rita Klackin


The idea of art being part of the solution to the problem of the destruction of the natural environment is logical. Creation and destruction go hand in hand. Bringing creation out of destruction gives us all hope…and an opportunity for rebirth.” Rita Klackin

Rita is an artist and art therapist working in Livingston, New Jersey . She works with Alzheimers/Dementia patients, medically ill children, and those struggling with mental illness. Rita works in several mediums such as painting, printmaking, drawing and photography.


Medicine Wheel(Clarifying Our Focus)

by Shan Goshorn



Shan Goshorn is an Eastern Band Cherokee, living in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Specializing in hand-colored black and white photos and large scale abstract paintings, her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and Canada and is included in exhibits world wide. Shan’s art is included in collections in the National Museum of the American Indian, The Smithsonian Institute and the Department of the Interior. Shan serves on many boards relating to Native American art and contemporary Indian issues.

I believe in the power of intention; art is one way to heal. I am grateful to be part of this global movement by artists to bring awareness and health to our world.”   Shan Goshorn

 Her website is at   http://www.shangoshorn.net/



Artists from South America

For this post, we wanted to highlight some of the South American artists that participated in the project.


by Jose Luis De La Barra Bellido


Born in Chosica Lima, Peru, Jose attended the Fine Arts Autonomous Superior School in Lima, Peru, where he studied painting, illustration, and murals. He is an award winning internationally showing artist. He has created a dream-like world through his expressing the internal and external fantasies of his imagination with his precise talents in painting and drawing. The expressions and the sensual movements that appear in each piece, create mystic allegories about the universe. By combining his interest in the human forms with his desire for symbolic content, he has engendered a language that explains the human condition through a unique perspective.

I like new projects and the artist and future vision is very interesting.”  Jose Luis De La Barra Bellido


Untitled   by Maria Parmo


Parmo_Maria-500Now working in Cordoba, Argentina, Maria realized art was her passion in 1983. In 1991, she entered the Art School of Cordoba University and received a B.A degree in 1997 (U.N.C.). Maria has participated in exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her artworks are in private collections in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay, United States, Spain, Germany, Republic of Ireland and Serbia.

“I love to paint – but it is so much more meaningful when we utilize a degree of consciousness and paint for the health of our planet.” Maria Parmo


The Alien Orifice   by Gute Brandao


Now living in Arlington, Virginia, Gute was born in Belo-Horizonte, Brazil. He started out working as a trained weaver working with natural fibers, and then moved on to painting and drawing using natural pigments. He is a self taught artist with works represented in New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, and Richmond.

I decided to participate in this project because I found extremely important meanings and ideas of use of discarded materials, which can be very dangerous to our fragile environment. It was also, a challenge for me, I always used paper as my main support for my drawings and working on this material was very interesting, so, I guess that I did not chose to be involved on this project, instead I was chosen by it due to the message and idea of preserving the nature as well as the unconventional use of the materials chosen by the artists.”  Gute Brandao


Untitled   by Fernando Salomone


 Fernando began drawing and painting as a child in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He now lives in New York City and Pennsylvania, working in Manhattan and painting in his studio in Pennsylvania. Fernando brings his rich and varied background to the art of interior decoration. Fernando received his fine arts training at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires.

His website is at:     www.fernandosalomone.com




Evolución de la Rueda (Evolution of the Wheel)

by Fernando Correa


Edo Aragua, Venezuela

Fernando discovered the way to best express himself as a child was through art. After completing primary school and secondary studies, Fernando studied at the School of Visual Arts in Venezuela. He studied such subjects as theater, television, set design, body expression, voice, diction and dance to enhance his artistic skills, referring to his studies as “artistic research.” He worked for many years in the Directorate of Culture of Aragua with a touring children’s theater group. Apart from showing and selling his artwork since 1969, Fernando teaches “art therapy,” creating an atmosphere of hope for all those who wish to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Fernando has received numerous awards and his work is collected in Spain, the United States, France, Italy, Belgium and Portugal.

His website is at:    www.artefernandocorrea.com

My reason for participating in the Landfillart project was born of natural intuition. I felt much honesty and integrity from the organization’s founder, Ken Marquis, and felt my art would serve as a means of communication between us. I would like to contribute more, but for now, I have sent you my creative effort.”   Fernando Correa