Visual Arts Residency
Ian Trask is a scientist-turned-artist who received his degree in biology from Bowdoin College in 2005. After years of working in research labs, Ian spent some time as a hospital groundskeeper cleaning up trash daily, an experience that proved to be formative in his artistic development. Ian saw the artistic potential in the waste he was confronted with everyday and quickly began working with discarded manufactured goods as the main platform for his pieces. Through the creative appropriation of mundane and familiar objects, Ian hopes to redefine how we look at our surrounding environment. Ian is the creator of The Blister Pact, a large scale installation to remove ubiquitous plastic packaging from the local waste stream.