Inspired by the play Artifacts of Consequence, a story about living in an underwater bunker in a post apocalyptic world. The characters must decide not only how to survive, but who and what best preserves humanity.
Finding the canned ham tin is what drove the inspiration. It is certainly a literal apocalyptic association, but its shape and sized also drove the types of materials I could put inside and also helped develop the composition. It creates a feeling of confinement and also emulates a boat. I chose to assemble items that reference directly the play, such as audio tapes, a converse shoe, Twinkies, Oklahoma sheet music, and the whale to symbolize Moby Dick. I used painted bubble wrap for the background (though it resembles brick vaguely) and mini plastic zipblock bags to highlight the idea of preservation. Other elements were found objects that made me think of remnants, decay, survival, or the passing of time.