Shopping Cart Chairs

Perplexity
Chair made out of shopping cart pieces and purple spray paint

One of my favorite things to do is to weld metal pieces together. I still remember the first day I saw someone welding outside and it drew me in. I was terrified of the sparks and the heavy-duty gear needed to protect your body and eyes but it was amazing. The smell of the burnt metal and smoke reminds me of the industrial areas of Pakistan. When I decided to start using shopping carts in my furniture pieces, I first recognized the metal parts as welding material and then started thinking of consumerism and waste. All of my shopping carts were either found in abandoned situations far away from their original geographic location or were donated from retailers getting rid of the broken carts. Surprisingly, a cart can cost almost a thousand dollars for each store. I am sure that plastic will become the new metal soon enough.

Centurion
Chair made out of shopping carts, rubber leg tips, and yellow paint

This chair describes the dynamic between mobility and taking time to rest and recover. The legs are adorned with a shopping cart’s wheels on the back for ease with moving around and rubber stoppers for the front legs to securely stop or park the chair. This chair’s namesake is to memorialize my grandfather’s walker, which we outfitted with tennis balls so that he could easily slide his walker without much pressure. However, I understand this can be exerting for the elderly who need to travel around the home but still want to enjoy a place to sit and rest for a moment.

Nomad
Shopping cart pieces for swings, garden hose, and spray paint

This arrangement of stacked items represents how much I travel back and forth from location to location. I work full-time and most of the objects in this exhibition have been created during the night hours and through the morning while the world is asleep. I often see myself as a nomad using a shopping cart to hold all of my worldly belongings for quick transportation. I also noticed that I collect items from the hardware store that resemble seating such as these layers of garden hose, which will make great seats for stools because the compacted spiral can easily support human weight. The spray paint cans are the colors I have used for my other chair pieces. My method is to use one solid color in an effort to make the chairs look like they were dipped in paint and produced from a factory’s production line.

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