matt eskuche: trash glass
the trash glass i've been making for the past few years is culled from several of my sensibilities. by creating these objects of mass production by hand, using craft and art traditions, i express a futility in the end product... "why would someone spend all that time making the same trash that you could just pick up in the street?"

some of my interest lies with taking a realistic look at the products we consume and how that effects economies, environments, and land and humanitarian rights. another factor has to do with confronting planned obsolescence, ultra-convenience, and the ineffectual ways we generate and dispose of capitalism's vast wastefulness.

through the work, i may promote dialogue about the evolution of social behaviour surrounding consumption… or maybe the use of government for the purposes of extreme wealth for the few, with little regard for the many… in the end, and all throughout, i just like trash, and can make it, and can sell it. who could know?

the medium of Borosilicate glass, as well as the toolage and know-how of Italian glass working traditions, has proved incredibly useful in allowing me to mimmic the forms found in mass consumptive packaging. many other mediums such as paint, silver nitrate, paper, ink, cardboard, vellum, cellophane, steel, aluminum foil, money, wood, ceramic, wax, spray paint, and found objects have found their way into the work and have become passing, yet vital additions in satisfying the content and concepts that the work needed to pursue.

through this body of work my awareness of my impact on the environment has grown by huge margins. it has also opened up a wealth of respect for the difficult, and the often hypocritical, situation we are in trying to balancing our want for a developed world with the realities of the impact that this has on our ecosystems and their inhabitants.