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Talking trash

Our home lives are consumed not just by acts of domesticity, but objects of domesticity. We rely on the most pedestrian of artifacts to help us survive our daily routines: detergent bottles, lunch bags, coke cans, orange crates, stir sticks.

More often than not, they end up in our trash bins. But now, an exhibit called ''Trashformations East" at Brockton's Fuller Craft Museum, is elevating the status of the debris of daily life. It showcases the work of 106 East Coast artists who see treasure in trash and have assigned it a higher calling, from old slide carousels and empty CD boxes to worn-out oven mitts and plastic newspaper delivery bags. ''I think artists see creative possibilities in all kinds of materials, and when those materials are free, there is no risk in experimentation, no fear of the proverbial blank page," says Lloyd Herman, the show's curator. ''Some of this material is not necessarily beautiful as trash, but it becomes more interesting when we see what artists do to make it into something else."

Oddly, a significant number of the artists are middle-aged and older. Artist Diane Savona says she's not surprised. ''You have to get to that certain age where you can appreciate the fact that something does not have to be new to be of value," Savona says.

Trashformations East, at the Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, through May 1. 508-588-6000;

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Trashformations East
Photo Gallery Trashformations East
Jennifer Maestre of Concord created this piece with pencils from her days as a type designer. Browse this gallery of other works in the ''Trashformations East'' exhibit at Brockton's Fuller Craft Museum.
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