Ptolemy Elrington has an incredible eye for what can be. He sees an item that might have little value to others, and then sees an amazing second life in its future. His imagination and talent allow him to turn one thing into another and that’s pretty awesome to see.
He studied art and design and has worked in theatre and set design and construction, led community art projects and travelled extensively. All of these experiences have informed the work he does now, as a sculptor who works in the medium of hubcaps.
His hubcap creatures, as he calls them, are made entirely from recycled and upcycled materials. All of the hubcaps are found items, and therefore bear the scars of their previous lives in the form of scratches and abrasions. He believes those marks add texture and history to the creatures they decorate.
On this episode, host Angela de Burger chats with Ptolemy about what inspires him to use recycled and upcycled materials, why hubcaps are his material of choice, his creative process when approaching a new project, and how his artistic style has developed over time.
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People who inspire Ptolemy:
Francisco Goya, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Antoni Gaudí
Moebius, Luigi Serafini, Édouard Martinet, Helen Denerley, Igor Verniy, Michihiro Matsuoka
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