Reclaiming Materials Part 01 | The Emissions Xray

  • Isabella Rose Nelson

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In 2020 during a short period of self-isolation, I came across a wide variety of objects while clearing my family home in South-East England which was about to be sold. Things kept in bags and boxes unnecessarily over the years had grown into a few rooms full of stuff. While I collected and sorted items to be recycled and thrown away, including obsolete electrical equipment, worn in school books, various plastics, clothing, shoes, packaging and other household waste, I realised how little I knew about the materials in my hands. Things used everyday – paper, polyester, cables, pens. What were they made of? How were they produced? And where? I felt completely disconnected from my environment.