Megan MacKenzie is a Brisbane based artist who completed a Masters in Visual Art at Griffith University. She examines issues of sustainability and the continuous cycle of production and consumption in her work. MacKenzie endeavors to investigate the lifecycle of mass produced objects, from manufacturing to how they come to be waste, whilst raising awareness of the ever-increasing accumulation of waste materials.
MacKenzie’s Tailgaters series explores the car as a symbol of mass production and environmental degradation. Having collected pieces of broken car plastics from roads, MacKenzie sorts each plastic finding according to site location and date. The broken plastics cease to be part of the car and become a discarded waste material which in turn is transformed into a piece of jewelry, continuing the ‘life’ of the material.