I'm a PhD Candidate in the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research and a recipient of ARC Training Centre for M3D Innovation Scholarship in relation to the subproject ‘recycling of automotive parts for additive manufacturing’.
My motivation resides in the technical challenges when working with non-recyclable objects. My professional career has spanned over 15 years in multiple roles ranging from event management, consulting, teaching and becoming a social entrepreneur. These experiences have motivated me to make an impact on the environment around me. I am currently researching on building sustainable business models for Australian car recyclers and therefore using this artwork as a durable vehicle to present the call to action.
Find out more about my research on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarfraz-ali/
(2020 - metal, plastic, glass, aluminum foil)
My artistic approach revolves around non-recyclables that surround us. Instead of trying to illustrate this disquiet on a canvas, the object itself which gives off this stress becomes the actual subject of my research. This piece of art is a representation of a crumpled car ready to be used for recycling. The steel and metal parts are finely wrinkled to be converted into recyclables while the tail light (mostly composed of plastic and fiber) is shown in its present condition as it becomes a part of landfill.
“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production.”
– Pete Seeger, Folk Singer & Social Activist
P.S. Special thanks to Anastasia Tyurina for her creative support throughout this project.