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Toni Lee
Graduate Student

The tapeball is composed of all of the recoverable pieces of tape used to label flasks and other materials during the artist's research. Initially created as a convenient means of removing the sticky material from gloves, the tapeball has gained a deeper significance. It serves as the embodiment of shared community in that other lab members have used it as a conversation piece and contributed to its construction through adding their own pieces of tape. Sepia tones meant to mimic discarded newspaper emphasize the concept of the 'throwaway' culture of biological research. Each piece of tape is representative of dozens of discarded plastic vials and tubes. The black gloved hand serving as a pedestal blurs boundaries between the traditional categorization of treasured objects and refuse.


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