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Where do they belong? Natural versus artificial debris

By October 22, 2020No Comments
© Kata Kocsispeter ‘Natural Garbage’

Artist Kata Kocsispeter’s posters illustrate similarities and differences between natural and artificial litter to challenge our perceptions and inspire change.

Drawing attention to our responsibility for protecting the natural world, Hungarian designer’s Kata Kocsispeter’s work “Natural Garbage” illustrates the similarities and differences that exist between natural and artificial litter.

Kata, who studies illustration at Cambridge School of Art, drew inspiration for her project from observing nature while walking in a forest near her home in Budapest.

Her clean and abstract designs exhibit how natural and artificial debris may appear similar in shape and form, yet clearly differ in their purpose and legacy. While out of place man-made objects pollute the environment, their natural counterparts play an important role in their end of life surroundings. 

“When walking in nature you come across the same shapes and forms, however not all of them belong there. The solid browns, deep greens of the fallen branches and leaves (natural garbage) are unnoticeable in their own environment. Not like the vivid neon greens and whites of plastic, the metallic shine of foil. They pop out, they don’t belong.”

By juxtaposing debris items she collected from her walks through the forests and streets of Budapest and Cambridge, and pairing them with handwritten text to make the message more personal, Kata’s posters showcase this parallel of ‘natural versus artificial’ litter.  Through her work, Kata challenges our perceptions to encourage action, reminding us of what belongs where, and perhaps even alludes to the idea that as natural debris serves an important end of life purpose in the cycle of life, so should man-made debris through reuse and recycling.