Terri Hughes-Oelrich

California, US

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Don’t get your fingers dirty!

digital photo

One day I found this on the street near my house. It took me some time to figure out what its use is. One end was open and the colors told me it was a children’s toys. It’s not a beautiful piece of trash, but I added it to my plastic collection. When I figured out that it holds chalk to probably draw on the streets, it made me sad. Not only can kids not get chalk on their fingers, but someone actually spent their time creating this chalk holder and design the ugly pattern. After studying plastic more closely last year, many lids and caps have extra plastic for aesthetics reasons. Beauty and function have long interested me, and this adds to the reasons we love plastic so much and hate it.
2021
  • Terri Hughes-Oelrich

Make-Buy

stop motion of photograph

2021
  • Terri Hughes-Oelrich

Gusher

digital image
6″ x 6″

The oil wells have been disappearing from my childhood home, Huntington Beach, for the past 50 years. I watched the derrick over my back fence meditatively, not knowing what it stood for. I wish I could have seen a gusher too.
2021
  • Terri Hughes-Oelrich

Threatened Species in British Columbia Coast

Collage 11″ x 17″

2021
  • Terri Hughes-Oelrich

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