The Life Instinct (sculpture); 9 x 9 x 9 feet; found materials including three chairs, a bike rack, styrofoam, cardboard, string, tape, woven reeds, tree branches, cloth, the top of a garbage can, egg cartons, paper, plastic bags, CDs, and cushions.

Make Shift: A Catalog of Repairs (zine); 2012; 8.5 x 5.5 inches; newsprint, cardstock, string, and tape.

Debris; 54 x 27 x 36 inches; broom and debris from the installation.

Workshops, from top left clockwise: “Fixing Session” lead by Fixers' Collective “Bike Repair Workshop” lead by Eric Clausen of Drawing America By Bike “Patch Happy” lead by Sewing Rebellion NYC “Social Sculpture” lead by Kristyna & Marek Milde

The Life Instinct (slideshow); 33 x 27 x 14 inches; screen: cardboard and mylar.

The Life Instinct

BROOKLYN, NY – This body of work, presented as a solo show at NURTUREart, celebrates makeshift solutions, survival instincts, and reuse of discarded material.

The centerpiece of the show was a scrappy yet intricate hut assembled from scavenged materials and textural handmade elements, which visitors could enter and sit inside. Other works included a series of projected photographs, a 'zine of repaired objects, a pile of debris from the hut’s installation, and a thematic workshop series.

View more photos of the exhibition:

Conversation with Vanessa Saraceno for NY Arts Mag:

View Process, as Documented on my Studio Blog:

The Blog that the “Make Shift” Zine is based on:

Workshops Lead By:
Fixers Collective (“Fixing Session”)
Eric Clausen (“Bike Repair Workshop”)
Sewing Rebellion NYC (“Patch Happy”)
Kristyna and Marek Milde (“Social Sculpture”)

Solo Exhibition