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Upcycled Computer Keys

Erik Jensen

About The Artist

Art is my first language, e-waste is my jam.

 

I learned to express myself with creativity first because I was born deaf. I've never let that stop me and I worked hard to earn a full academic scholarship to college because of my art. Found objects have always intrigued me and right now my focus is recycled computer keyboard keys. They've typed millions of words, yet they get thrown away because they're old and dirty. However, the keys themselves end up in landfills and are not actually recycled. I collect and clean them, and even dye the sun-bleached ones to place them all together to make pixelated beauties. One fun thing about this process, especially the dyeing, is that the characters of the keycaps are still visible and can be used to spell out hidden messages within the artwork.

 

My goal is to bring wholesome art into the world. I believe this is done in many ways, including the materials, subject, and message. I want to inspire people to not only reuse materials but to feel uplifted and have a spark of creativity ignited through interaction with my artworks. With AI and other modern technology, a lot of creativity is being lost, especially in our rising generations. Inspirational art can help counteract this loss and bring balance back to society.


At this year's Celebration, I will have breathtaking landscapes. Scenery can bring serenity to our souls. The mesmerizing texture with keys adds an extra layer to this as well. Come see for yourselves.

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  • Nov 14, 2024, 10:00 AM – Nov 17, 2024, 4:00 PM
    La Quinta, Civic Center, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA
    November 14, 2024 – November 17, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily La Quinta Civic Center, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA Artist Applications Open April 8 and close July 14, 2024. Register your contact details and we'll get in touch when tickets are available for sale.
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  • Feb 27, 2025, 10:00 AM – Mar 02, 2025, 5:00 PM
    La Quinta, Civic Center, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA
    February 27, 2025 – March 2, 2025 | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily La Quinta Civic Center, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA Artist Applications Open August 1 and close October 6, 2024 Register your contact details and we'll get in touch when tickets are available for sale.
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