For Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, dumpster diving is just part of her creative process. The Chicago artist trolls for discarded pieces of wood around her North Side neighborhood, then shapes them into abstract sculptures featuring patterns and textures inspired by nature.
The large, striking works reflect Peterson-Albandoz's environmentalist ideas. "I'm involved with a lot of organizations that are working on environmental issues," she says. "I'm hoping that my work can help bring consciousness and awareness to our environment. These materials are just so gorgeous and we should be better caretakers."
On a given day you can find her sawing and hammering away in the basement studio beneath Las Manos Gallery, the artspace she owns in Andersonville.
View more of her work here.