Name: Dennis Vinciguerra
Location: Bluffton, South Carolina
How’d you get your start in recycled art?
For years I did fine art photography using labor intensive 19th century processes. Cyanotypes, Bromoils and Gum- Bichromates, had an ethereal appearance and seemed to be somewhere between photography and print making. They sold fairly well but one day I realized I wanted to create in 3D.
How has recycled art transformed your life?
Like many of us I never was very self-confident. My photography was of images my eyes saw, “Swimmin’ wit da Fishes” are pieces that my mind sees so at first it was a little difficult for me to wrap my brain around the idea that people would actually like and purchase them. In time I got used to it which allowed me to go with the flow and simply create instead of creating items I THOUGHT people would accept.
What is your process to create recycled art, does an idea or concept just come to you, or do you adopt a form of mechanical thinking, etc.?
Yes to both … some days I have an image or thought in my head and look for materials that will work. Other times I will find a piece of wood or a bit of rusty metal and it will talk to me. Of the two methods I prefer the material to direct me as I feel like a passenger in a car, getting to the destination but not having to drive.
Where or how’d you get your inspiration?
I have always been fascinated by our oceans and the creatures that reside there, past and present. Now that I (finally) live near the Atlantic, I look at it in amazement every time I’m there.
What is the craziest or most unique and unusual art piece you created from recycled material into art and why?
Although not out of the ordinary, as I make many “people” from bicycle parts, I would have to say “Bicycle Betty” was my most unusual in the way that she came together. Needing a little inspiration I walked into my shed filled with bits of rusty metal. As if in a cartoon, in my mind I watched as several pieces freed themselves from their respective piles and loosely assembled into “Bicycle Betty”.
Any advice to those who are considering creating art from recycled materials?
Don’t hesitate … just do it. You have nothing to lose.
Art, at least for me, is an evolutionary process that is continually changing. I try different things, some work, some don’t. Do not get discouraged or upset when you make a mistake. Don’t repeat the mistake but learn from it and most importantly … keep creating.