Creating art with discarded computer parts doesn't necessarily mean it has to look hard-edged. Polish mixed media artist Finnabair (also known as Anna Dabrowska) puts together these richly-textured collages of salvaged tech parts along with other finds like dead moths, fabric, buttons and paints them to make dreamlike landscapes with a deeper significance.
Starting on her artistic journey in 2007, Dabrowska discovered scrapbooking in 2008 and became "totally addicted" to mixed media in 2009. She's also a product designer and teacher, describing her creative process as follows:
My projects are mostly media-based: I create paper and canvas layouts, collages and altered art, tags, journal pages – and many more. I love texture and believe in power of recycling and upcycling. I just adore flea market supplies.
In addition to the overall, distinctive fusion of steampunk and Art Nouveau, there's so many inviting details in her collages that compel one to look closer and examine individual parts.
Some of her pieces feature a modified photo of herself, but altered to suggest a creator on the spiritual path of art.
In using electronic waste to create these mythical compositions, Dabrowska skilfully and soulfully blends handmade art with machine-made parts, leading us to wonder what other beauties could lie in so-called electronic "waste." More over at Finnabair's website.