Annelie Grimwade Olofsson 


Cover Photo: Materials for the Wasteland sculptures are mined from the piles of toxic ashes and waste. Photo: Annelie Grimwade Olofsson

With the growth in consumption, waste incineration plants produce increasing volumes of solid combustion residue that includes environmental toxins, among other things. Designer and artist Annelie Grimwade Olofsson uses combustion residue as the material for a series of ceramic works in the Wasteland project, a project which focuses on the by-products of industrial production and, in so doing, demonstrates the threats and opportunities associated with these materials. In Wasteland, Grimwade Olofsson finds a balance between works of art and innovation of materials, and seeks to highlight how it is possible to “excavate” raw materials from combustion residue instead of using metals extracted from soil or recycled.

Wasteland Objects K03, GK01n and K01 in front of waste piles. Photo: Ida Bus
Wasteland Object K03 is made from waste ash, kiln-slag, porcelain and wood. Photo: Ida Bus