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About Marilyn Waligore and Her Artwork

Marilyn Waligore reclaims waste aluminum, manipulates it into sculptural structures, then photographs these as an idealized, yet absurd, comment on the possibilities for reuse. Aluminum cans, culled from streets and streams during walks in the artist's neighborhood, are flooded with color, from shocking pink to glittering gold, then photographically enlarged in mesmerizing configurations. The material character of the metal, which resists and allows folding and bending, guides the creation of these forms.

Photographic landscape imagery documents GPS locations of local waterways that are the resting place for refuse. Objects that travel from streets, through sewer drains, and finally to creeks and streams, remind us of the impact of our daily rituals and thoughtless actions.

The artist notes that as we confront contemporary existence our desire for convenience and embrace of consumerism faces us with a dilemma. The euphoria of modernism, with its promise of an elevated standard of living achieved through affordable mass-produced goods, has been replaced by an anxiety aligned with 21st century concerns regarding sustainability. "I strive to transform the discarded by inverting our value system. I turn trash into treasure, with the hope to prompt changes in social behavior."

Her photographs and media projects have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Thailand, at SIGGRAPH, the New York Digital Salon, the School of Visual Arts, the Houston Center for Photography, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and the Dayton Art Institute. Her work is included in museum collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Waligore received an MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degrees in Art and in English from the University of California-Berkeley. 

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