Mexican Artist Uses Chicago Trash to Create “Art With a Conscience”

For Mexican-born Leticia Rodarte, trash is a diamond in the rough from which she extracts materials to create “art with a conscience,” works that she exhibits and sells at her studio in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

“People often talk about starving artists, and sometimes that’s true,” Leticia told Efe Tuesday, recalling that she started dumpster diving for the first time at 18, when she first lived alone and had no money to buy art materials.

She said that since “art doesn’t sell like tortillas in a store” she had to look for the most economical way to practice it, and in doing so she also found a way to “make a difference” to the conservation of the planet.

Source: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2012/07/17/mexican-uses-trash-to-create-art-with-conscience-in-chicago/#ixzz21NfTlYd7

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