Yellow and Green Urn, 2016
Repurposed plastic, resin, acrylic polymer and paint
13 x 3 x 3 inches
With equal parts reverence and play, Mendelson reinterprets ancient Greek, Roman, and Islamic glass and ceramics using discarded plastic water, soda, and juice bottles. The convex and concave shapes found in our plastic trash offers a wealth of material from which to build. At first glance, Mendelson’s work may look like glass or ceramic, yet upon closer look, a logo, recycling stamp or expiration date reveals the actual material. Using recycled plastic to make works that reference objects of the past offers Mendelson a space to playfully explore the transformation of form and material while reflecting on issues of history, culture and value.