1947, St. Louis, Missouri
Lives in Denver, Colorado
Vintage souvenir beaded belts
Bender’s art has been described as a search and recovery operation since he collects, arranges, and makes art from an almost unbelievable array of decidedly non-art materials, including, but certainly not limited to, crushed aerosol cans, hubcaps, pitchforks, salt shakers, photos of Princess Di, happy birthday paper plates, tennis racquets, bathtubs... the list goes on and on.
These vintage souvenir beaded belts, arranged from very large to very small and bearing the names of many states and the patina of many uses is a reminder of past times and past waist sizes.