White Trash, is body of work that aims to reflect upon our personal role and contribution to the solid waste stream through routine consumption and waste disposal. From everything we eat and drink, to the refuse we flush down the drain, we all consume resources. Living in a materially saturated, mass-consumer society, we have evolved into an increasingly disposable culture. By identifying with our waste production, we then can better evaluate the pitfalls of our materialistic ways. Common consumer products stuffed inside a toilet creates a recognizable waste pattern found within the domestic household. Our trash is considered pollution. Once disposed of, our society takes an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality. Trash receptacles, such as garbage cans and toilets, conveniently offer a sense of freedom from further obligation. Plastic or ceramic containers quell concern for wastes' ultimate destination. By stripping away context and color, I am exposing the sheer volume of waste that we, as individuals, contribute daily. Through this, I raise questions about our current disposable culture.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique; Refuse and refuse disposal in art
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Law, Heather, "White trash" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
RIT – Main Campus