Recycled Paper

In the late 1990’s, after graduation from the former Alberta College of Art, I started using paper shred product of various types in my work, from confidential material salvaged from the recycling bin of an office, shredded personal files, $2 bills obtained from the Government of Canada, newspapers, fictional novels, yard waste, etc. I began playing around with the various ways the materials could be manipulated, depending on how the paper materials were shredded and/or layered onto a surface. I became quite intrigued with how I could play with meaning and the dynamic between paper shred content and the art titling process. The paper I reused was always printed material, so developing a work that drew from layers of meaning, based on the printed content, became one of my main interests in the evolution of the series.  The below gallery of images documents a fairly complete representation of the work I produced using recycle paper, having recently revisited with the purging of my mother and grandmother’s estates in 2019. Many of these works were exhibited in galleries across Canada at the time of production and are in either private or public collections.

Excerpt from David Wagner’s Essay, Still Life(s) with Adjectives, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 1997
Angela Inglis’s works explore the qualities of ideas through reference to the physical record of their existence. Information – in formats such as phone books, newspapers, photocopied images and handwritten notes – is the raw material from which the artist builds her works. The source of this information, the human perspicacity for organizing ideas into forms that we can hold or see, is the subject of the work. By making our ideas physical, we render them malleable. They can thus be moved around, put away, put next to one another or put under different lights. Under Inglis’ control, ideas are cut apart into pieces of data and reorganized into something new. The final results are like memorial artifacts of the original materials. They stand in mute testimony to the ideas the represent and, like relics contained in cathedrals, possess some of the substance of what they once were but no longer serve all of their original functions.

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