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Cultural Salvage is the process of recycling forgotten or abandoned cultural artifacts as a means of preserving awareness of the historical influences on modern culture. The Bag Lady, and associated artists like Marion Spitzley, have used a variety of approaches in their cultural salvage activities, including:

  • Shopping at thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets, to acquire artifacts undervalued by mainstream culture
  • Restoring items too complex or fragile for modern manufacturing techniques to mass produce
  • Transforming, through collage, bronzing, or other artistic methods, items with iconic power but little practical utility into forms more suited to long-term survival.

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