Based at The Harley Studios since June 2017, sculptor Michelle Reader has been making art from waste for over 22 years. In her work she asks audiences to reflect on humans’ over-consumption of natural resources and how we can reduce waste through re-use and recycling of materials.

Through a series of life-size sculptures made from an extraordinary array of ordinary waste, Michelle highlights the links between the things we consume and the destruction of species and the natural world.

Michelle’s previous work includes:

  • A sculpture of a taxi for Nespresso, made from 3000 used nespresso pods
  • A life-size model of a postman, made from 800 pieces of junk mail which were delivered to a single street over three weeks
  • A bust of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall from food packaging and cooking magazines.