“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” – is a phrase that artist Natsumi Tomita takes quite literally with her repurposed waste material sculptures.

By collecting all kinds of waste materials (empty drinking cans, broken musical instruments, discarded gaming consoles and old cooking utensils) and combining them together, Tomita is able to create unique and often humorous animal sculptures.

A special solo exhibition will be held at Nagoya’s Matsuzukaya store from 9 December to 15 December, showcasing and selling 40 pieces of Tomita’s ‘waste material sculptures’.
Head on down the exhibition and dive into the creative world that Tomita has designed with her lively animal sculptures.

Below are some of the repurposed waste material sculptures that will be exhibited at the event

Size: Approximately 74 x 52 x 38 cm

Size: Approximately 59 x 33 x 55 cm

Size: Approximately 22 x 14 x 28 cm

Tomita explains her choice in material and artistic expression;
“Things have their own full stories until they are thrown away. Bicycles that have completed their job, empty cans, old cooking utensils, broken electronic devices ... etc. All of these things are full of somebody’s feelings, even things that were used casually. These various things collected by me can be reborn and live once again.”

Natsumi Tomita was born in Tokyo in 1986 and graduated from Tama Art University in 2009. From before her graduation she has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions showcasing her unique artistic abilities. Additionally, Tomita has held regular workshops focussing on her work and has also had a number of appearances on TV and in other media.
Over the years, Tomita has gained a large following of fans who appreciate the sustainability of her upcycling art style.

By - Connie Sceaphierde.