Project: Collect the wrappings and packaging of everything you purchase over the course of a week and use these materials as your medium to produce a self-portrait.

Purchasing goods and services for the sake of displaying wealth and earning status is referred to as ‘conspicuous consumption’.  Its flip side is ‘conspicuous waste’ defined as the disposal of any item that is still functioning. 

Project: Collect the wrappings and packaging of everything you purchase over the course of a week and use these materials as your medium to produce a self-portrait.

Research / Discussion: All four artists in this section attempt to reduce the waste associated with conspicuous consumption by evoking guilt. Guilt is a product of three factors: awareness of having committed an offense; acknowledgement of responsibility for that offense; and feeling remorse. Discuss your personal contribution to the form of waste highlighted in any two artworks discussed in this section. Is guilt a part of your reaction? Estimate the effectiveness of the artist’s strategy to induce guilt and affect change.