Artifacts of consumption

Each day for two months while living in Denpasar, Bali, Abigail walked 1.8 kilometers from her apartment to the Lingkara Community where she worked as an intern. Along the way, she would pick up piees of trash from the streets and canals and bring them with her into the studio, where she would draw watercolor and pencil illustrations of them.

To her, these objects are far more than just "trash": they have real material value, and they tell stories. She poses the question: what can these objects tell us about our 21st century lifestyles?

On the evening of August 1st, 2017, Abigail had her work on display alongside some of the objects in the Lingkara Community in Denpasar, and held a panel discussion in mixed Indonesian and English with artist Made Bayak about the role art can play in starting community conversations about the difficult problems of trash and consumerism.