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fleck on consumerism as religion

Virginia Fleck’s wall sized mandalas are created with sections of used plastic shopping bags. You know, the kind you get at your local grocery store. Or Target. Or K-Mart. Fleck’s goal? To “analyze the activity of consumerism as a spiritual encounter.”

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From her artist’s statement:

This visual experience of repetitive designs, indicative of meditative objects and advertising graphics, stimulates the viewer to yearn for more. Participation in the activity of consumption offers affirmative feelings of redemption. Consumerism is the global religion.

Something to think about. Fleck has more to say about excessive consumerism in this 2-minute Author Views video.

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