A Chat With Brooklyn Sculptor Shari Mendelson in the Latest Brooklyn Made

Brooklyn based sculpture artist Shari Mendelson is an award winning sculptor who uses discarded plastics and other trash to create amazingly intricate sculptures with a classical style.

Shari Mendelson is an eco-conscious sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, and was the recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts grants and a Pollock-Krasner foundation award. Her current work is inspired by historical ceramic, glass and metal vessels and constructed from found plastic bottles. She collects discarded juice, soda and water bottles, cut them into pieces and use the parts to create new vessels. The original material is transformed from plastic trash into pieces that address issues of mass production, waste, the environment, the value of objects, history and culture.

In this video from BRIC's Brooklyn Made series, Mendelson talks about her motivations, her methods and about making stuff in Brooklyn.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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