Sculpture: Post-Consumer can-tabs

I began using can tabs as an art material in 1993. I was at a scrap-yard, seven months pregnant, perusing scrap metal, when I came upon a treasure-chest- sized bin overflowing with gleaming silver aluminum tabs.  The sight of these tabs, separated from the cans, sparkling in the bright sunlight was like a mirage among the rusted scrap. I was overcome by their unexpected beauty and traded the few dollars crumpled in the pocket of my maternity dress for a bucket of sparkly tabs. For the rest of my pregnancy, I created long chains of these tabs, which would eventually become sparkling ethereal artworks. It’s been 25 years since my first bucket of tabs—I continue to collect and explore can tabs as a medium.