Heart-shaped Discarded Gum
Niizeki Hiromi was born in Tokyo, Japan but moved to New York in 1988, and since that moment she has been exhibiting her work both domestically and internationally.
"My son and I used to go to playground almost every day. During summer, we often found lots of broken water bomb and chewing gum wads on the ground. They were very colorful and looked so attractive to me and more so to him. They were everywhere. It seemed unavoidable. We have talked about what they are and often would identify their spectrum of colors."
New York is constantly littered with discarded gums. But from Brooklyn-based artist Hiromi Nizeki's perspective they look different. Those repulsive wads of rubber become works of art. “However it is the naturally occurring HEART shapes, which have formed by mere coincidence, that fascinate me the most and have become the focal point for this project.”
Niizeki has launched a Kickstarter funding campaign recently, aiming to create an installation of heart-shaped chewed gum in the non-profit Maple Grove Cemetery in Queens.
Chewing gum , New York
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