shopping bag SOLD

SOLD 6/26/08
to collector Adeetje Bouma


"Disassembled Couch" at the Bioneers Conference Nov. 6th-9th

What a great time. I met so many interesting and inspiring people and Bioneers!


mention in Baltimore Magazine's "Best of Baltimore" issue


Look here and scroll down to the "Green" section and then to Earth Friendly Art... a little inaccurate about the origins of the project, but it's great to be mentioned.


about "Disassembled Couch"

"We need to become more materialistic to become less materialistic." -Linda Weintraub

Art, like our trash, is only so when it is properly or improperly in or out of context. As art's practice is often concerned with the manipulation of materials, it is the perfect platform for considering the extent of our materials' supply on the planet.
Coinciding with these views of art, in my work I take on large-scale experiments in processing and production of a mass of materials that are either my own belongings or a found object. I acknowledge its need to occupy a physical space and the potential burden belongings can be, and take responsibility for the materials "off someone else's hands". With this as its assignment, my work offers new perceptions of, and relationships with, our constructed environment.
In my current work I am steward of an unwanted couch with a foldout bed, having invested myself in its disassembly and complete repurposing into multiple functional containers, such as bags, boxes and a cabinet. I have conducted an inventory of the couch's contents, measuring the quantity of each an learning its name. A color catalog of these materials is the result. The containers are sold at a non-subsidized price according to the real cost of their making in time. Accompanying the sale of a container, each "collector" signs a contract for the responsible ownership of the container since its initial dispersal.
I believe that in doing this I am taking responsibility for the future destination of this mass of diverse materials by keeping them in circulation, and above ground and out of the water. By reorganizing the large couch into smaller desirable quantities, the materials "take care of themselves" and can, as containers, further organize other materials. The embodiment of potential, they are a means for new content, though they are content. These also operate s three-dimensional frames, outlining a negative space and, as objects in a domestic collection, they serve as physical reminders that we, as part of the human race no longer have the luxury of making our unwanted items simply disappear.


original couch with foldout bed

"Collector's Contract for Responsible Ownership"

installation view of the ongoing piece, Disassembled Couch

sample layout from inventory catalog

$17 for full inventory catalog
you can contact me at annikamblomberg@gmail.com for purchases.

backpack with woven front panel from handspun cotton and other couch fibers

$250 please contact me, annikamblomberg(at)gmail.com, to purchase.


detail of woven front panel

boxes with sawdust, fabric and metal scrap inlay

left to right: $350, $225
contact me at   annikamblomberg@gmail.com   to become a collector of one of these boxes.

box with woven lid

$500 contact me at annikamblomberg@gmail.com to become it's collector

hiking backpack

buttons made from melted down staples and molded sawdust and wood glue.
$450 to become a collector of this backpack. you can contact me at annikamblomberg@gmail.com for purchases.

detail of hiking backpack


$1,100 contact me at annikamblomberg@gmail.com to become it's collector

side view of cabinet

drawer in cabinet

making buttons from sawdust and wood glue

detail of remaining materials