|I spent over 5 years painting on location at an active salvage yard in Hackettstown, NJ. I did the bulk of these paintings from 1999-2004. I am amazed at how much stuff winds up at the dump. These paintings took on a life of their own, as they changed from fairly straightforward depictions of mountains of junk to large abstract close-ups of crushed debris waiting to be recycled. Spending that much time at an active salvage yard and seeing how much waste we create, has given me a whole different perspective on consumer goods and the built in obsolescence that helps drive our economy.
Car 2004 oil on linen, 42"x42" by Valeri Larko