Computer Component Bugs by Julie Alice Chappell

Portsmouth, UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell creates these beautiful miniature sculptures of insects using circuit boards found inside discarded electronics for her series, called 'Computer Component Bugs', to help raise awareness of environmental waste.

"The circuit boards inside discarded obsolete electronics are what I use to create my sculptural artworks. My art practice involves breaking down the pre-existing materials, reinterpreting them and offering them a new form with new purpose, creating something beautiful, whimsical and precious."

"With all their tiny components, complex circuitry and bright metallic colours I cannot help but compare them to the detailed patterns we see when we look at nature up close."

"The comparison came to me when I acquired a big box of tiny electronic components several years ago from the Beneficial Foundation in Portsmouth. Also known locally as 'The Craft Bank', this place gets unwanted items from various companies which it then passes on to anyone who can use them such as schools, community groups and art groups. The first thing that came into my head when I looked at them was, "a mass of tiny bodies and legs...ants!" I took them home to my children and we made ants."

"Many of the computers I take apart I literally find discarded on the street or in wasteland. I get phones and keyboards from The Craft Bank, I receive various unwanted electronics from friends and organisations who support my work and I'm always on the look out for more donations of vintage technologies."

"My collection highlights the dangers of planned obsolescence and the ever-increasing amounts of e-waste in the environment. This is perpetuated by advances in technologies and our ever growing dependence on modern gadgets."

"My artworks also hold a great deal of hope. They are my personal tribute to the wonders of modern technologies, the decades of knowledge and passion passed down which led us to them, with all their elegance and ingenuity encompassing the incredible technological aptitude and the imagination, talent and beautiful creativity of the human race."

"The recycled bits of cultural refuse that are woven throughout my work represent a direct encounter with the excesses of modern living highlighting the dangers of planned obsolescence and e-waste in the environment. The work displays an aesthetic beauty whilst offering a socio-political discourse, attempting to reclaim waste and the destruction of the natural world, in the beauty of visual art."

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Source: permaculture


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