Paper Tornado

Paper Tornado by Susan Hume Smith (photo by robyn lewis)

A tornado is a shredder that rises from the earth and eventually returns to it. Tornadoes shred the lives of people and their possessions as they tear apart everything in their path. They not only pick up our garbage, but also create garbage as they travel, laying lives to waste.

This tornado uses garbage in the form of long narrow strips of paper that have been run through a shredding machine. The strips of paper have a feeling of chaos and restlessness that assume an order in the distinct form of the tornado. Pieces of trash that are interspersed throughout the funnel show the indiscriminate nature of the storm. The turbulence within the tornado mirrors the political and social upheavals that invoke art and protest.