There’s something intriguing about the fact that she pays painstaking attention to things that typically get lost to time and neglect.
Her tendency to focus on found items has environmental and social implications. While her inclination to upcycle has clear ties to environmental issues, her work also speaks to the nature of gentrification.
In cities undergoing the process of gentrification, refuse reigns supreme. When contractors and businesspeople move in, everything else that’s there gets pushed out.
In an effort to breathe new life into the bare bones of these cities, Bizot collects discarded shovel heads in each locale and uses them as blank canvases.
“For me,” she writes, “the idea of reclaiming, deconstructing, and transforming so-called ‘junk’ into works of sculpture is fascinating.”
According to the artist, “reworking the surface in terms of color and texture is required to bring out an attractive exterior that was once covered in mold or pitted by weather.”