Our focus in creating this artwork was around those individuals who create a change in order to sustain themselves. We decided to focus on those men that walk around pulling their large trolleys packed with plastics that they have found and scavenged for. They are the biggest contributors to the recycling of plastic within Johannesburg and are contributing to the protection of the environment. These trolleys are heavy when they are packed full, so this job is no easy one. This artwork attempts to draw attention to these men, the challenges they face and the contributions they make to protecting and sustaining the environment through the recycling of plastic. This sculpture is made of various recycled materials such as plastic, steel, wood and various found objects. This sculpture not only stands as a reminder to people of who helps to facilitate plastic recycling, it is also a “thank you” given to those men. We hope that when these trolley-pulling recyclers walk past this artwork, they will feel the importance of what they are doing and know that people see them and respect them for what they do.
by Sinead Fletcher & Mashir Kresenshun
Sinead Fletcher graduated with her BA(FA) from the University of Johannesburg. She has shown her work in numerous group shows at various venues, including Art@Africa in Cape Town, Alliance Française and Constitutional Hill. Fletcher works in multiple mediums and often combines various techniques or methods within a single piece. The difference in materiality and medium allows for a broader conversation to take place and links to ideas of contrasting elements, issues and themes. Fletcher grapples with themes around identity and questions her displacement from, and placement within whiteness as a young, white, English-speaking female. Fletcher’s work is also beginning to explore issues around security of self with relation to an other.
Mashir Kresenshun was born in KwaZulu-Natal with an aptitude towards art. Although a student at the University of Johannesburg, Kresenshun regards himself a self-taught artist, whose work is strongly influenced by daily life situations. He is particularly influenced by the concept of struggle, and is known for his portrayal of expressionistic shacks in the background of his artworks. His choice of medium is charcoal, acrylic and oil paint, watercolour, ink, silk screens, monotype prints and collage and are usually depicted on various surfaces, such as cardboard, canvas, paper, glass, and mirror. Kresenshun has exhibited at the Daville Baillie Gallery and was chosen as one of the finalists for Sasol New Signatures, Top 20 for Thami Mnyele art competition and a few other prestigious events.
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