Project precious trash
With one foot rooted in crafts and folk art and the other firmly in the criticism of consumption, Johanna Törnqvist assembles traditional and contemporary expressions, while also raising questions about the valuation of today’s materials. In the borderland between art, crafts and fashion, she flirts with traditions and finds the gold grains in rubbish and waste materials. With skill and craftsmanship, she transforms them into something refined and beautiful that does not leave the viewer unaffected.
In Project Precious Trash, she takes a step further to partake in the contemporary debate about what we consume and how we look at our assets. Crafts have always been made out of natural materials; wool, clay and wood, but maybe today’s new material is the material that we never run short of; waste? In Project Precious Trash, Johanna Törnqvist raises questions about consumption and sustainability, and incisively creates a provocative contrast between the transience of the waste and the precision and resistance of the craft.