Junk has been an integral part of human life since pre-historic times. Back then, there was not a great deal available, as it is at present times. All thanks to the technological growth in all the spheres! The technological blessing did not come without a huge string of junk. While most of it has to be actually destroyed, there is still left a considerable quantity that we can use to create art, called Recycled Art. This involves looking at trash in new and inventive ways. Aptly enough, the recycling of trash and transforming it into art is like finding treasure out of nowhere.
Recycled Art, also referred to as Junk Art, can be defined as an art form that uses old or used items or day to day trash to create something which is brand-new, attractive, and useful in most cases. By doing this, we end up effectively, lessening trash in the first place, while also creating an aesthetic piece. Therefore, Recycled Art can also be referred to as an environment friendly art form, as the waste products are re-used, which helps in keeping our environment clean.
In Recycled Art, you can create beautiful pieces out of your old torn jeans, worn out sweaters, plastic bubble wrap, grocery bags, empty bottles, computer hardware, or any other piece of electronic goods, and the list is endless. Most of the items used in creating this form of art are symbolic of our times and in due period, will be replaced by other materials. The advantage of reusing and recycling materials in this way helps preserve natural resources, and landfill space, while saving money. Recycled Art can carry any tone, whimsical, poignant, inspiring, useful, beautiful, wearable, humorous, or even hideous.
Art knows no bounds. Artists are free to create any art form out of any object or material that is available to them. Using Recyclable materials to create art is always a win-win situation. The trash is freely available everywhere and doesn’t cost a thing, while the art form helps lower the quantity of waste around and turning it into something useful.
Recycled Art has close ties with Assemblage Movement or Found Object Artwork Movement. It is not considered novelty anymore and is closely related to Save the Earth movement or Green Movement. Here the artists are inspired by the historical account of the old objects and then they try to create the new meanings out of it for future generations by arranging the objects in completely new ways. It is all about dreaming art and making it up. Most artists live by its motto, which states: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.