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A Heat Gun, Some Plastic Bags, and the Sun

Gianofer Fields

This summer the Chipstone Foundation challenged artists from all over Wisconsin to use just one tool to create a work of art. Contributor Gianofer Fields has presented some of their stories in recent months in our It’s a Material World series.

Today, she introduces us to Milwaukee artist Pete Prodoehl, whose oeuvre is plastic grocery bags and his tool – a heat gun, with which he has re-created the Sun, in a piece aptly titled, "Plastic Sun."

Fields is a material culture student at UW-Madison and curates our series, which is funded by by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.