Jo Katsiaris is a Sydney based artist and graduate of The National Art School. “WASTELANDS” is a body of artworks created solely from the discarded.
Katsiaris' materials are salvaged from the streets of Sydney and council cleanups. In doing this she is working in a long tradition of artists utilising found objects including Rosalie Gascoigne. However she is also stating 'rain' and 'rust' as a media along with paint, as natural weathering processes are integrally incorporated into the work. She cites Arte Povera, Post-Minimalism and Reductive Art as references though by incorporating traces of natural phenomena upon made materials she is also referencing Land and Environmental Art.
This methodology appears a fairly recent development, her work speaks not only of waste, recycling and finite resources, they also suggest a future state where resources are scarce.