These days, as you're well aware, technology is everywhere. But with the constant onslaught of new inventions and upgrades, we're generating more and more potentially harmful waste. Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a major problem, especially when it comes to devices that contain heavy metals. But even the more harmless components — like the wires and plastic — have to end up somewhere.
Instead of letting these materials end up in a landfill, artist and sculptor Julie Alice Chappell turns them into something new. With her help, motherboards and wires become delicate, nature-inspired figures.
This collection, called Computer Component Bugs, blends natural forms with artificial materials to create something totally new.
Chappell opted to use discarded materials like these as part of her work "because they comment on the accumulation of cultural debris and become their own subjective universes."
She enjoys using the geometric forms of computer components when creating organic shapes, as many of the forms and formulas that make up technology are, in fact, found in nature. Her sculptures speak to both the disconnect of human activity from nature, as well as its inextricable tie to it.
While her work is beautiful, it also points to the ever-growing problems of pollution, consumption, and materialism in contemporary society. Chappell explains that upcycling is her "response to mankind's cruelty, exploitation, and ruination of the natural world for financial greed."
But her work also shows us the hidden beauty you can find in unexpected places. Many people find insects repulsive and see computers as simply being functional. However, by combining their forms, Chappell shows us that beauty can be found in both places. "With all their tiny components, complex circuitry, and bright metallic colors, I cannot help but compare them to the detailed patterns we see when we look at nature up close," she says.
Besides winged insects, Chappell also creates these little jumping spiders from computer parts.
Why? "Just for fun!" she says.
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Chappell's work is pretty, and there's no denying the beauty of nature. She hopes that her work will not only charm people with its delicate details and jewel-like colors, but will also serve as a reminder "that the natural world and environment are precious and in danger."