Long chain polymer
Marissa Lee Benedict and Amber Ginsburg
Potato-based bioplastic sheets, salvaged old-growth lumber, flourescent lights, salvaged and modified refrigerator unit.
Installation views at The Jewish Museum (Milwaukee, WI, US).
In collaboration with ︎︎︎Amber Ginsburg, “Long Chain Polymer” is an installation that addresses materials as matter to be re-envisioned, reconstituted and remade. The geodesic “Bucky dome” constructed at the center of the piece is “skinned” with fragile sheets of homemade bio-plastic — a material produced by boiling potato starch with glycerin and vinegar, elongating and re-arranging the short starch molecules into longer, more plastic polymers. Growing potato plants in the space via a small mobile station, the piece takes the potato as material and metaphor, re-examining its potential as food, clothing and shelter. The sculpture is both a document of the working process and a work-in-process itself: thinking and re-thinking ideas of sustainability and utopic ideologies.