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This Artist Turns Electronic Junk Into Something Truly Amazing

JUNE 10, 2015  —  By Laura Caseley  
Laura Caseley

Laura Caseley

Laura Caseley is a New York-based writer, artist, and illustrator. When she's not writing and researching for ViralNova, you can find her working on an art project or enjoying a good cup of tea.

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.