When creative reuse meets fine art, a/k/a Reuse Sightings at my friend’s house

One artist I know has been incorporating creative reuse into her work since before I first heard the term “creative reuse.” My friend Linda Yates is what I call a Real Artist. Art is what she does. Art is who she is. [She’s a Real Writer, too, but today we’re talking about art.]

She creates paintings, sometimes large, sometimes small, often incorporating everyday objects into the paintings. Now, I don’t mean that she paints a picture of a Lipitor box. I mean she takes dozens of Lipitor boxes, cuts out specific pieces, and applies these pieces directly to the painting. The closer you look at the detail, the more amazing her work seems.


Take this painting, “Pieta I,” above. Like a lot of abstract work, the more you look at it, the more you see. But wait. Look closely (below): Lipitor packaging, 10 mg. as well as 20.


“Pieta II?” you ask? More Lipitor? No, this time you will discover Advair packaging next to that of American Spirit cigarettes. (A message?) Here’s the painting*:


Now, for the detail, below:  On the left, an American Spirit cigarette box. In the center, a coiled worm-like creature made from the circle in the center of the box — dozens of them.  Also, not to be missed: within the same painting you’ll find the plastic packaging and the inner workings of Advair. Click on each picture to see a close-up view.

Finally, let’s look at another of my favorites, “Bringing Down the House,” below. This painting was inspired by Linda Vaughn when she was the director of the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Chorus in Atlanta:

You can see the director, down front, being lifted off of her feet by the power of the music. Are we looking at prescription medications again? No, just more cigarette boxes. Turns out, when you remove the inside piece of the American Spirit box, it looks like wings. Angelic women’s chorus wings, of course.

I want to thank Linda Yates for sharing her work with us today and for providing these exquisite examples of creative reuse. Thank you, Linda!!

*A note about “Pieta II.” Pictured are the two outer panels of a three-panel work. The center panel, which actually contained the Pieta, has been destroyed. Only the outer panels remain.
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About Susan

One of the founders of WonderRoot Creative Reuse.
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