I have started working on a series of ‘un-monumental, monuments’ by dyeing used, worn out, sheets that were destined for landfill. The textiles were dyed in graded shades of natural indigo and then layered one by one to form a large solid block, then cut into pillars. The work references ongoing cycles of materials and the information contained in objects; transformations, connections and continuity through meditative action, learning from nature and from cross-cultural global histories; and also considers consumption, sustainability and waste using recuperated materials. Sustainability advocate, Jane Milburn in her 2017 book Slow Clothing states Australians buy an average of 27kg of textiles (apparel and household) each year and also discard 23kg into landfill, it is the second largest contributor to landfill after food-waste.  Additionally, the three trillion-dollar global apparel industry rates second only to oil in a list of the worlds’ largest industrial polluters. 
Using salvaged and recycled materials meets my aims of taking action, working sustainably, focusing on the value and cycles of materials, and also critiquing economic imperatives through considering the damaging impacts of waste on the landscape.
Jane Milburn, Slow Clothing: Finding meaning in what we wear, (Textile Beat, 2017). James Conca, https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2015/12/03/making-climate-change-fashionable-the-garment-industry-takes-on-global-warming/#2cef7bd279e4