YazElations: Upcycling Industrial waste

Eternal Night (view 1) by Yasmin Idriss

YazElations: Upcycling Industrial waste

Yasmin Idriss

Window Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre

Opening: 6pm Friday 24 May 2024

Exhibition: 24 May – 7 July 2024

In 2022, while working in a framing shop, I spent the whole year collecting old unwanted frames, damaged moulding and the waste materials produced in the frame making process. All these bits could not be recycled and were destined for landfill.

I have since been sorting all the pieces and creating threedimensional works of art. My first exhibited piece was a distinct tessellation, and I coined the term “YazElation” to describe these unique tessellation-inspired designs created by me.

Creating my YazElations is like putting together puzzles without a predetermined picture, and they can take months to complete. Sometimes the pieces tell me what they want to be (like flowers or temples or alien ships) and sometimes the recycled picture frames speak first.

The beauty of this series is that while some materials are common (like plain black or white), others are rare (pieces of an old frame) or are no longer in production. Each YazElation I create I aim to make unique – a one-off.

These YazElations embody my dedication to sustainability and my belief in the transformative power of art. They are the result of thoughtfully repurposing framing waste into intricate and visually striking pieces that reflect the beauty found in everyday rubbish. Through this series, I aim to raise awareness about environmental conservation and the creative possibilities of recycling industrial waste.

About Yasmin Idriss

Yasmin is an artist and photographer based in Canberra, Australia. Her artistic journey expanded and evolved at the Australian National University (ANU), where she graduated with first-class honors in Visual Arts, specializing in Photomedia. She won the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) Photography Award 2023, through the 2023 CAPO Grants round. Yasmin’s creative pursuits encompass portraiture, documentary photography, and the captivating world of floral imagery. Her passion lies in storytelling through photography, particularly through documentary projects within the community. Of course, she is not confined to the lens. Her artistic repertoire extends to creating photobooks, writing poetry, batik silk painting, printmaking and sculptures. Through diverse mediums, she explores the multifaceted nature of creativity and human expression.

Website: www.yasminidriss.com
Instagram: @art_by_yasmin_idriss

Portrait photo by Fiona Bowring.