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.