Ian Trask Spores 2017 waste materials sizes range from 5” to 13” in diameter
I am a scientist-turned-artist who received a degree in biology from Bowdoin College in 2005. I worked many years in research labs, but eventually left the world of science to pursue a career in fine art. While transitioning away from lab work I got a job as a hospital groundskeeper cleaning up trash daily, an experience that proved to be formative in my artistic development. I learned to see the potential in garbage and gradually built a creative practice that drew inspiration from the waste streams around me. I choose to create my art from things that are either discarded (or donated by others) in the deliberate effort to let scarcity and access dictate the direction of my work.