Edward Slaviero is a material researcher. All his projects are showcasing extensions of what we believe a material should be or look like. He is curious, he is always looking past what he has in front of him. He questions, analyses and plays with the restrictions given by a material.
His artistic goal is focused on sustainability and recycling, where he dedicates his projects to the exploration of plastic and its morphology. The aim is to change the image people have of the material, by presenting it as something valuable and precious rather than a single use functional item. During his studies, Edward participated in major competitions. In 2016 he was selected as one of the 10 finalists of the “FSC Design Award Competition” on sustainable design using the tropical wood as material. He continued to show initiative on plastic waste and made it to the 20 finalists of the international “DOPPER Changemaker Challenge”, by Dopper Foundation. Lastly, his graduation project Plastic’s Morphology presented in December 2018 was exhibited at the Gallery De Twee Pauwen in The Hague in August 2019. In the same year, the project was recognised during the internationally renowned Dutch Design Week (DDW) in 2019 in Eindhoven and at Isola Goes Digital (a section of the Salone del Mobile of 2020). Planned exhibitions include “Een Plastic Wereld” (transl. A Plastic World) at the MartiniPlaza in Groningen (date yet to be announced due to COVID-19), as well as the Milano Design Week – Salone del Mobile in September 2021.
What would happen if we recognised an aesthetic value in plastic, rather than just a functional one? Would that mindset save the material from its quick and immoderate discarding? ‘PLASTIC’S MORPHOLOGY’ showcases properties typical of each 7 types of plastic, as to create a dialogue of awareness about their characters which make them unique and valuable. The 7 sculptural objects were made with the plastic harvested from several beach clean-ups at Scheveningen and Maasvlakte, The Netherlands.