We’ve all heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” but France-based artist Sandrine Estrade Boulet takes the idiom and turns everyday trash into a treasure for everyone to experience. The visual artist, who lives and works in Boulogne Billanourt, captures average streets littered with trash and foliage and digitally transforms them into fun, high-spirited images. She takes mundane scenes from life and reinterprets them by adding limbs and faces to inanimate objects, breathing a refreshingly jovial new life into them.
Boulet’s playful outlook on life reinvents the urban world. A pile of garbage bags waiting to be picked up by the sanitation truck is enlivened simply by the addition of a pair of cartoonish arms extending from their crumpled bodies. A patch of greenery peeking out of a crack in the pavement is re-envisioned as a cheerleader’s pom pom energetically thrust into the air. Through the artist’s surreal view of the world, the shape and form of each city figure is reassigned to a new entity.
There’s something to be said about finding the fun in litter and the ordinary. In addition to her city re-imaginings, Boulet adds her touch of humorous and entertaining art to photos of nature and kids.