Capital Voices: ‘This was part of a system that was going to lead to our extinction’ | Ottawa Citizen – “I’ve discovered lots of artists who use tires. There’s an African-American artist, Chakaia Booker, who slices used tires in a spiral, treating them like the discarded remnant of labour, like the African-American diaspora where black people in the States are disposable through slavery. And there’s a Mexican woman, Betsabeé Romero, who carves flat tires — the tread — into musical notes or the Day of the Dead, and prints with those. There’s a Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye, who carves the tread into intricate Baroque filigree patterns — they’re just gorgeous. And there’s a South Korean artist who slices the tread off and uses it almost like clay. He did the Wall Street bull.
“And there’s an undergrad student at Ottawa U now, and one of her teachers asked me if she could talk to me about logistics with tires: how to cut them, how to work with them. But I don’t know what she’s done yet.