Using scavenged canvases and recycled paint, Kara Maria explored the environment of the Recology San Francisco facility during her 2014 residency. Through abstract forms that suggest the tumultuous jumble that is the dump, combined with detailed, realistic renderings of seagulls, raccoons, hawks and other animals that inhabit the facility, Maria’s paintings speak to the interconnected lives of humans and animals, and the impact our trash and desire to consume has on the natural environment.

Kara Maria

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The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind program established in 1990 to encourage the conservation of natural resources and instill a greater appreciation for the environment and art in children and adults. Artists work for four months in studio space on site, use materials recovered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, and speak to students and the general public. Over the last twenty-five years, more than 100 professional artists and twenty student artists have ...

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