Working with a soldering iron and an air filtration mask, Japanese artist Nina Nomura melts holes into everyday plastic products, rendering them with an otherworldly perforated skin that resembles molecular structures. The meticulous process gives the inorganic plastic a new sense of life.
Plastic, explains Nomura, is made from petroleum. This fossil fuel was formed from the remains of ancient marine organisms, such as plankton, algae, and bacteria. Over millions of years of intense heat and pressure, these organic remains (fossils) transformed into carbon-rich substances we rely on as raw materials for fuel and a wide variety of products. In an artistic act of karma, Nomura’s process exposes the origin of these materials and renders them as an imaginary landscape.
The photos seen here are from an exhibition earlier this year in Tokyo. Nina Nomura will be talking about her work at the upcoming PechaKucha Night x Designart event on Saturday October 22, 2022. You can learn more about her work on her website, or follow her on Instagram.