This artist creates intricate animal sculptures made entirely from trash, including plastic spoons, old ping pong balls, and even unused catheters.
Stephanie Hongo, 35, embraced junk art four years ago because she couldn’t afford art supplies at the time.
Now Stephanie, who lives in Connecticut, has created more than 100 detailed animal works of art, sometimes screwing hundreds of pieces of trash into one piece.
Stephanie appeals to friends and family for trash and also gets specific pieces from Facebook groups to complete her amazing sculptures of lobsters, octopuses and other animals.
She has used a Barbie leg to create a unicorn horn, unused catheters like lobster antennae, and plastic forks for an owl’s feathers.
Stephanie, who creates her art under the name Sugarfox, explained that she turned to garbage to make her artwork because she was struggling with cash after quitting her job as an artist-in-residence at the Trader Joe’s supermarket chain in May 2017.
He was inspired by the Portuguese artist Bordalo II, who makes large-scale installations with trash.
He made a rule that he will never buy plastics for his sculptures.
“I will never buy plastic, I don’t like the idea of buying anything outside of the paint and hardware that I need,” he said. “I order plastic tubes or old basketballs on the community pages on Facebook.
Despite using recycled materials, Stephanie resists the ‘green artist’ label as she uses spray paint to complete her pieces.
“I find it necessary to tell people that I am not an ecological artist. The recycling aspect of my art is something I am very proud of, but it is not the driving force behind it.
The animal kingdom is Stephanie’s favorite subject and she likes how nailing junk together gives the works a sci-fi and steampunk look.
He spends between ten hours and two weeks on each piece and has developed a knack for finding the perfect junk to build his works of art.
“Some pieces need hundreds of pieces of garbage.
“Ping pong balls are used a lot in my art, as are many extension cords, old telephones, old remote controls, and many plastic toys.”
Stephanie, who displays her artwork on her Instagram. @sugarfox_art, said his artworks start at $ 300 and his eight-foot-long octopus costs $ 5,000.
He hopes to one day sculpt a ten-foot winged dragon.
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