|From JoAnn Nava's Lambs and Wolves (Photo courtesy of the artist)|
JoAnn Nava sifts through thrift stores and trash piles for her source materials, a ritual that stems back to the early 1980s, when she was making products for the interior-design trade. The work was lucrative but created conflict for Nava. "My clients were very wealthy and spent fortunes on creating illusions in their living spaces," she recalls. "Every time, a new look was created, the old was tossed out."
Nava, who felt she was creating landfill, began incorporating rich clients' discards and other throwaways into her work. "Mistake colors from paint stores, discarded furniture and various substructures enabled me to produce work that was part of the solution instead of adding to the problem," she says. To read the rest of my story, please visit Sun-Sentinel's Showtime.
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