Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me
Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me
Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me
Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me
Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me
Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me
Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me
Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me
Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me
Elisa Ortega Montilla After You Are Done with Me

This installation explores themes of transformation through materials that have been discarded, deconstructed, and reconstructed. What happens after we are done with things? Where do they go? What do they become? In my family tradition in Spain few things are wasted or useless. Most materials, especially fabric, can have multiple lives. An old dress will become a new t-shirt then later will become a rag for wiping away dust. In my childhood repurposing was a result of economic austerity, but in our current moment it evokes our need for environmental sustainability. 

With second-hand bed sheets, After You Are Done with Me embraces materiality, lingering smells, and the sounds of transformation. Through de/reconstruction I aim to give what was once strictly functional a non-functional purpose. The sheets stop being useful to become something else.
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