Artist Finds Beauty In Surprising Subject: Plastic Bags

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To the Sea Julie Brookman hand blown glass photo plastic bag
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They are despised by many, and cities around the world have begun to ban them: plastic bags. Artist Julie Brookman has managed to find beauty in this unlikely subject: With the careful study of their forms, through Brookman's lens, it is possible to find tragic grace.

While art is often used to capture environmental destruction and incredible suffering, Brookman's photos and sculptures almost evoke the viewer's affection for plastic bags.

"My work uses photography and glass to explore the dichotomous nature of plastic bags: their beauty and imperfection, the ease in which they are acquired and the difficulty in which they are discarded," says Brookman.

To The Sea in hand blown glass. Photo: Julie Brookman