Grocery Bag Art

March 6, 2009 at 11:57 am 1 comment

Here’s another grocery bag turned into an art object by moi:

"Ring Galaxy" acrylic paint on plastic shopping bag by Barbara J Carter

"Ring Galaxy" acrylic paint on plastic shopping bag by Barbara J Carter

I took the bags out shopping this week, even though only 2 of the 4 were painted. The other two were prepped, like this:


The checkout kids really liked them. They were running their fingers over the painted dots on the finished bags. The dots of paint are pleasantly raised and three-dimensional, making them quite tactile. No one would be boorish enough to touch a painting, but grocery bags are meant to be handled, so there was no hesitancy. I was vaguely surprised but pleased. It’s an unexpected dividend: breaking down barriers between fine art and ordinary life.

I gave each checker one of my cards. You never know might come of it.


Entry filed under: Abstract, Acrylic, Grocery Bags, Painting.

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  • 1. Another Art Bag « Barbara J Carter  |  March 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm

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Barbara J Carter

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