Toxic Chemicals in Environmental Art by Algis Kemezys

Toxic Chemicals in Environmental Art by Algis Kemezys

Angie Cho
Sep 16, 2010


This week's column on Decoding Household Chemicals switches gears a bit and features the art of photographer Algis Kemezys. He uses household chemicals for their corrosive properties in making environmental art. In past columns, I've written about chemicals like dioxin, triclosan and formaldehyde, to name a few. Kemezys' environmental photographic art is a visual metaphor for the hazardous nature of these common household chemicals.

Treehugger tells readers that Kemezys was inspired to begin using household chemicals in his artistic process after a devastating fire burned most of his previous work. After this experience, Kemezys wrote about his new process in his blog:

"This body of work is made from Kodacrome slides that were burnt after painting them with toxic household ingredients like EasyOff, Rubber Glue, Fingernail Polish, Magic Markers, Bleach, Shoe Polish and more."

I hope that these photos serve as a visual reminder about the powerfully toxic properties of common household chemicals. One commenter wrote that Kemezys' "images are a visceral illustration of how the earth has been polluted through our neglect."

As always, stay informed and green your routine to what fits you best.

Read the full article here.

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(Image: Algis Kemezys)

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