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Communication Arts Staffer Creates Eco-Art from Office Trash

Sarah Shoulak, who works in the Communication Arts Studio, wants your trash!  A communication coordinator or “speech coach” by day, she can frequently be found roaming the halls after work and rummaging through FIU recycling bins looking for colorful card stock, postcards, flyers, and other heavy weight paper packaging.  With her finds, she fashions beautiful mosaic images from little paper “tiles.”  Two art pieces were featured recently in the Frost Museum’s FIU Family Day exhibit and will soon be displayed at the university’s presidential mansion, the Reagan House, along with the other works from the exhibition.  Sarah’s “eco art” mosaics contain thousands, of small squares cut from promotional postcards, event tickets, report folders, and cardboard packaging.  Some pieces contain words, some have smaller images on them, and some are solid colored, but when they are combined, they create the images she envisions.  “I have heard my work referred to as ‘trash art’ and I am fine with that.  I love taking a pile of trash on my living room floor and transforming it into a thing of beauty, a work of art.  I see art in everything around me. I want to challenge what society deems ‘beautiful.’ ”  If you want to share your trash with Sarah, you can drop it off at VH 230, the CommArts Studio, where there is a special recycling bin labeled: “Trash for Sarah – Thick Paper/Colored Cardboard Recycling.”

To see more of Sarah’s trash art mosaics and her handcrafted dolls made from t-shirt scraps, check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KateriArtandDesign

 

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