Installation: Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

I have been invited to do an Art Installation at the  Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA.

Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

For years I have collected used tea bags, their wrappers and their labels. Since 2011, I conceptualized an ongoing project with the common thread being the tea bags and their components.
For the  Frame 301 Gallery,  I have installed a series of 138 square panels each composed of tea bag labels.

Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

To see more pictures of the installation at the Frame 301 Gallery, please click here.
Family, friends, friends of friends started to save the tea-bags, tea-wrappers, and tea-labels and mailed them to me.

Tea wrappers and tea-labels mailed to me

Tea wrappers and tea-labels mailed to me

When i receive them i have to sort them. Sometimes it is  a long process as they got completely tangled up.

Beginning of the sorting process on the kitchen table

Beginning of the sorting process on the kitchen table

iin the studio, sorting the tea-labels

Back in the studio, more sorting of the tea-labels

When all the labels are sorted, i glue them on square wood panels. Some do not adhere  easily to the wood surface so sometimes  i have to use weight as i glue them to keep them in place.

Gluing labels on square wood panels

Gluing labels on square wood panels

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Panel # 26, 5″x5″x0.75″

This installation is part of A Better Cup of Tea an ongoing project that I have been working on since 2011. The installation encompasses a wide variety of pieces sharing one common element: used tea bags and their components. The entire project will be on display in two separate venues in the Fall 2014. The first venue will be at the ArtSpace in Maynard, October 8 – October 31, 2014, then it will move to Carney Gallery at the Regis College, November 10, 2014 – January 23, 2015.

Living in a society of consumption, I would like to share with viewers the many fascinating aspects of what one could do with the simple and everyday object.

The Frame 301 gallery is presented to the public through expansive storefront windows that face the road, and encourages large-scale, site-specific works from emerging and established artists. The unique venue encourages installations that encompass the entirety of the space and completely transform it. The public is able to view and appreciate the artwork on a 24/7 basis, leading many to unexpectedly experience the artwork.