Mitra Fabian is a sculptor and installation artist working almost exclusively with manufactured materials- the leftovers, the by-products, the remnants of human industry. These materials cannot be just any garbage however; they must generate a visceral response on her part. Perhaps it is the material itself, or the shape and size of it. Often she is attracted to the way it conducts or reflects light. As she builds with these materials, she deconstructs them or alters them in such a way that they are not immediately recognizable. The reconstruction is in some way determined by what the material is capable of doing, but not meant to do. The new physical form is always more organic, often mimicking the appearance of natural patterns, landscape, magnified cells, or mold. These materials often perform as a skin – their translucency captures light and plays tricks on the eye- breathing, swaying, or slowly and quietly growing. Her material use serves as a commentary on the increasingly modified condition of humans, which pits nature against culture and blurs the line between organic and manufactured.