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OED Definition
Pronunciation: /skrap/
Noun: 1 a small piece or amount of something, especially one that is left over after the greater part has been used; bits of uneaten food left after a meal, especially when fed to animals; used to emphasize the lack or smallness of something; (informal) a small person or animal, especially one regarded with affection or sympathy; a particularly small thing of its kind. 2 (also scrap metal) discarded metal for reprocessing; [often as modifier] any waste articles or discarded material, especially that which can be put to another purpose
Verb [with object]: discard or remove from service (a retired, old, or inoperative vehicle, vessel, or machine), especially so as to convert it to scrap metal; abolish or cancel (something, especially a plan, policy, or law) that is now regarded as unnecessary, unwanted, or unsuitable
Origin: late Middle English (as a plural noun denoting fragments of uneaten food): from Old Norse skrap ‘scraps’; related to skrapa ‘to scrape’. The verb dates from the late 19th century

“The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”  – Pablo Picasso

“What is meant by ‘reality’? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable – now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now a daffodil in the sun.”  – Virginia Woolf

“They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps.” –  Shakespeare

Lowenna Waters: “Your work has been described as a waste product from conversation, what do you think of this statement?” Cornelia Parker: “It’s almost like what you see is the end of a long process, like the relic or the debris. A lot of things go on before this happens, all that friction that has gone on to uncover the parts of the process.” Interview with Cornelia Parker, The White Review, 2011.

Neill Sheasby – Precious Metal (2013) Found steel, primer, acrylic paint. Dimensions variable

George Sabra – Plastic Cap Sculpture (2011). Plastic caps, 640cm high.

Shinro Othake, MON CHERI – A Self-Portrait as a Scrapped Shed (2012) Mixed media, timber, electronics, sound, steam.

Cornelia Parker – The Negative of Words (1996) silver residue accumulated form a silversmith engraving words by hand, 10.5 x 10.5 x 7.8 cm

John Chamberlain – Nutcracker (1958)

César – Three Compressions (1968)

César – Three Compressions (1968)

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