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Lori Remmel Repurposes Cell Phone Cases

"How could we breathe new life into a stack of abandoned phone cases?...It occurred to me to plant evidence of life within the walls of the phone case...rendering a showcase for natural artifact, preserving the specimen from decay."

Lori Remmel's former student and collaborator for this series, Rebecca Kanaskie, came to her with a puzzling prompt one day last winter. "How could we breathe new life into her stack of abandoned phone cases after the initial practical life of her Lifeproof phone case was over? After pondering, it occurred to me to plant evidence of life within the walls of the phone case, rendering the case a showcase for natural artifact, preserving the specimen from decay." They collected both phones and cases, as well as an assortment of objects like insect wings, bones, teeth, leaves, flowers, semiprecious stones, shells, metal, wasp nests, and dried mushrooms for suspension in their gutted phones and cases with clear jewelers resin.

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