In her ongoing series called ‘Computer Component Bugs,’ Portsmouth, UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell creates beautiful insect sculptures out of discarded computer circuit boards. The series started several years ago, when Chappell received her first stock of tiny electronic components, unwanted by various companies and society at large. “The first thing that came into my head when I looked at them was, ‘a mass of tiny bodies and legs…ants!’ I took them home to my children and we made ants,” Chappell says.
While connecting the art world with sensitive environmental waste issues Chappell carries out an important mission to raise awareness of waste in our world. “The recycled bits of cultural refuse that are woven throughout my work represent a direct encounter with the excesses of modern living highlighting the dangers of planned obsolescence and e-waste in the environment,” explains the artist. “The work displays an aesthetic beauty whilst offering a socio-political discourse, attempting to reclaim waste and the destruction of the natural world, in the beauty of visual art.”