We always get a thrill from seeing artwork made from everyday objects, and even more so when those objects would probably be headed for the trash were they not creatively reused. These wonderful sculptures by Sayaka Kajita Ganz made from ordinary kitchen utensils and other discarded objects inspire us to think twice about a number of items we'd normally toss in the bin.
Sayaka, who was born in Japan and now lives and works in Indiana, compares her re-use of objects to her experience growing up in different countries:
I find discarded objects from peoples' houses and give them a second life, a new home. For my sculptures I use plastic utensils, toys and metal pieces among other things. I only select objects that have been used and discarded. The human history behind these objects gives them life in my eyes. My goal is for each object to transcend its origins by being integrated into an animal form that seems alive. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberating to me as an artist.
View more of Sayaka's work at www.sayakaganz.com.
via Beautiful Decay