NEW YORK—Yesterday I was walking by the Flatiron building and there was a woman sitting in the window drawing on countless cups.
Rather than throwing away or recycling used coffee cups, artist Gwyneth Leech turns them into canvases. She calls it “up-cycling.” I asked her what that meant, and she defined it as taking an item that has already served its intended purpose and creating something beautiful out of it.
Leech has chosen a unique medium for her work and her current studio is also innovative. Since September 19, she has been drawing in the Flatiron Prow Art Space.
Hundreds of her completed cups hang in the window gallery and for three hours a day she continues to pen intricate patterns in an array of colors while passersby observe. The project is called “Hypergraphia: The Cup Drawings.” It is not really performance art, but it is an intriguing display.
Leech is beautifying used coffee and other hot-beverage cups Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 am to 2 pm, until Dec. 31, 2011, and documenting the project here.
All photos by Arts Observer
Used hot-beverage cups serve as Leech’s canvas. On her website she says, “I wash and dry them and record on the bottom the date, place and occasion, as well as the drink that was consumed.”