Interview by Alex Zahara and reblogged from his site with permission.
Keeley Haftner made national headlines in April when an outraged Saskatoon resident vandalized her publicly funded art installation Found Compressions One and Two. The installation, which consists of two shrink-wrapped bails of recyclable materials, was inspired by Haftner’s time working as a sort-liner at the city’s local recycling plant. Now draped in a black tarp and bearing a sign that states, “Our tax dollars are for keeping garbage OFF the streets”, the installation has started a dialogue about waste and art in public spaces.
I spoke with Keeley about her work:
AZ: Let’s start by briefly discussing Found Compressions One and Two. What does the art installation depict and how did the project come about?
KH: The work consists of two bales of compressed plastic: one mixed (or #3 through 7 plastics), the other film (saran wrap…
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