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Wallmatter Exhibition Photos – Jenny Davis – 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Wallmatter Exhibition Photos – Jenny Davis – 2016

A huge thank you to everybody who attended the opening of my new exhibition Wallmatter last Saturday. A special thank you to all the people who helped me pull it altogether and make it a special day.  I feel so blessed and encouraged with all the support shown for my artwork and the new friendships I made.

Wallmatter continues until Tuesday August 16th at The Memo, Healesville Victoria. Free Entry. All artworks are for sale.

A few photos I took the next day as I forgot my camera on opening night.

Wallmatter

An installation of paint, concrete, rust and
textiles, inspired by imperfections and
weathered surfaces, linking to the abandoned
and neglected spaces found in urban and rural
environments.

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“Surfaces and objects touched by time tell a
story and are a raw reflection of their environment.
I want to highlight the significance of a random
mark, or the crumbling texture of a wall in an
underground space. They are evidence to a
previous time in history. My abstractions are
investigations into marks and traces left behind
in the urban and rural environment.”
– Jenny Davis, Artist

 

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“Wallmatter” Exhibition Progress. Jenny Davis 2016.

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

“Wallmatter” Exhibition Progress. Jenny Davis 2016.

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All my paintings are now finished and have been taken to the framers for my upcoming exhibition, in July and I managed to fit all, 17 paintings, into the car for the short trip to Healesville.

 

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While the paintings are at the framers I have been creating and finishing off, other pieces in the show. It has also, given me pockets of time to concentrate on the written stuff, which I find a bit difficult sometimes.

 

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My art statement has changed a million times, but I think I’m happy with it now. Id rather just let my artwork speak for itself but, finally, after many years, I’m actually starting to enjoy the process of writing the art statement. I see it now, as an extension of my work and not, just an unrelated, add on . As an artist, you know yourself, what your art is all about, but putting it out there, for the viewer, in words, honestly, without all that “artspeak”, is a whole different art, I’ve had to learn over the years.

 

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If you need help writing art statements, here is fantastic book that has helped me.  “Art-Write. The Writing Guide for Visual Artists by Vicki Krohn Amorose.”  It’s a simple, step by step guide on writing, not only, art statements but also,  speeches, proposals, bio, press release’s and more. Its all related to the visual artist.

 

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The ad for “Art Almanac” magazine has been designed and sent off to the magazine and the invite/ad for “Wallmatter” exhibition, has been designed, with some help from my daughter overseas in France… Amazing Skype!

 

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The catalogue price list has taken a long time as every detail of every single piece has to be written down and priced.  It’s an ongoing venture and still in progress as I keep adding more pieces. The food and drinks for the opening have all been taken care of, thanks, to a couple of dear friends for their help.

 

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I’m still making some flat concrete stands I want to sit my sculpture’s on. One of them broke, so I’m not sure yet, whether Ill to use them, or not. I also need to find a way to get my paintings to the exhibition. Once framed they won’t fit into my car. Something I didn’t think off:)

 

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The last thing I will need to do is photograph and document all the pieces, before they are sent off to the gallery. Encase they don’t come back home again:) Hopefully!

 

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More details of what? when? and where? coming very soon!

 

 

Collaborative Art Project.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

The original “No Yes” book below is now finished after 2 collaborative swaps with Australian artist Jack Oudyn

Please see previous post on “Collaborative Art”

1st swap with my marks only

 

2nd swap with Jacks marks and we both decided it was finished!

 

It has an oriental feel to it.

Coming up soon, the other finished artist book!

 

Handmade Books. Recycling.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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I love to recycle packaging, junk mail and advertising materials into books

 

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I like the freedom of designing my books as I make them, discovering ideas along the the way

 

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Its amazing how much packaging can be saved over time

 

 

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For this book I used cereal packaging with a peephole and pasta boxes with acetate windows for the interior pages

 

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and sealed the pages with white Gesso

 

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only on one side because I liked the dark look of the cardboard ( later I painted them with Parisian essence to age )

 

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On the cover I used double sided tape to stick down the tabs

 

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to make it more sturdy

 

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The little window will have something inside

 

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Taking a load of baguette bags I bought back from France

 

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I scrunched them up into balls and wrinkled them

 

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opened them up and stuck them to the cover packaging with pva glue

 

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This gave the cover an oldish feel with a lovely rough texture.French text shows through the window

 

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I covered the inside with some French text from a 1900’s magazine, stamping and my hand drawn doodle drawings.

 

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I didn’t like the brightness of the gessoed pages so aged them with washes of Parisian essence

 

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When dry I cut off some of side flaps from the inside pages saving them for tags and pockets later

 

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I didn’t have an awl to make the holes for binding the book, instead I used a hammer and nail. It worked fine

 

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I punched 3 rows of holes weaving in and out with cotton mop thread

 

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leaving a tail inside I then plaited the threads and added a piece cardboard for a bead thing

 

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The extra holes seen were a mistake and can be covered up with more baguette paper and glue later

 

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Side flaps on some of the pages hold piles of water colour papers for collage and drawing

 

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They are tied with cotton mop thread

 

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The loose water colour papers are white and hand dyed with Parisian essence

 

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See through windows add more interest

 

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Pockets and string hold found papers and tags. The book is still not finished and I will probably add more tags and pockets

 

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Toggles were sewn on the front with a string to close

 

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This book has a Japanese feel to it and measures 24 x19cm. 5 pockets hold 40 pieces of water colour paper with another 12 pages. Some have windows.

I try to keep on top of my collecting by making something with the packaging every few weeks.

What do you make from your junk?

The Travelling Artist

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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Wherever I go I like to have all my art materials in one place encase I need to jot down an idea, or for when I get that creative burst.

 

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So, when I found this old case I knew exactly what I would do with it. I made myself a personal art kit for when I go out and about. I keep this case in my car and it goes everywhere with me. I also have a smaller kit for when I travel overseas. This kit is much lighter so I can collect art materials along the way

 

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It has everything I need for drawing, painting, collage, photo transfer, stamping and writing

In Transit series of collages

 

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Acrylic paints and ink in a pouch my daughter gave me

 

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Chalk in a vintage medical tin

 

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Water colour paints, coloured pencils and double sided tape

 

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Brushes for painting, pens for drawing and writing, felt pens, graphite pencils, knife, scissors and glue stick for collage

 

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Paint swatches

 

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Collage papers in a plastic pouch.  Mixed lot of vintage and newer papers

 

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Hand- dyed coffee filters, vintage wallpaper, labels and book pages

 

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Stained printed matter and newer papers

 

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Old music prayer book

 

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1932 school book full of hand drawn  world maps

 

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1960s New Idea magazine for cutting

 

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Old advertising

 

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Vintage encyclopeadia pages sealed with a layer of translucent gesso paint

 

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A book of hand-made French paper

 

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Small canvas boards and palette, matt and gloss medium for collage, painting & transfers

 

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Mini stamping kit in old cigar tin

 

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Stamp pad, tiny rubber text stamps in matchbox, stamp holder and tweezers

 

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I also carry a selection of my hand made artist books in progress to work in.

 

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My books are made from found papers, junk mail, advertising

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used envelopes, cereal boxes and food packaging

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Embellished with used clothing labels, tags, stamps, stickers, pen ,ink and found fabric scraps

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sewn with thread or wire and filled with whatever else I find in my travels

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It’s amazing how much I can fit into the case

 

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Do you have a portable art kit ?  Whats in your art kit ?

See Jenny’s portfolio here

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The artists are taking over…

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Artists are taking over…If you are heading to the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia to check out  The Archibald Prize at  Tarra Warra Museum of Art , don’t forget to pop into the thriving township of  Healesville.

Healesville is full of many quaint little cafes, restaurants, bakeries’ hotels, specialist delis, selling local gourmet foods and wines, second-hand /antique shops and eateries.

Recently the artists have taken over the town with the opening of many new spaces and galleries showcasing local artists and artisan’s wares.

One such space is “Artists Lounge” This shop is a real treat. A new corner gallery that has a Contemporary/Industrial feel to it. My favourite thing at “Artist’s Lounge” is the long black chalk wall running right along one side of the building, where you can make your mark amongst the contemporary artworks on display.

Friendly, Ali and Billy who run the space, have jam packed it with unique Contemporary art from the local Yarra Valley artists. You can browse the paintings and sculpture, but there is also an eclectic array of affordable, artsy items created by the artists.

I saw some lovely pieces of wearable art with handmade books, badges, cards, recycled arts, pottery, textile pieces, silk scarves, felting, and jewellery.

For the creative, they also sell high quality artist supplies and gorgeous papers to die for. If they don’t have what you are looking for they will order it for you.

So, grab yourself a cup of Billy’s delicious coffee and soak up the atmosphere and gorgeous things at “Artist’s Lounge” in Healesville

“Artist’s Lounge”
222 Maroondah Highway, Healesville.
Open Wednesday to-Sunday 10.30am -4.30pm
Phone 59625150
Email artistslounge.com.au
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News Flash- Upstairs at Duroc – Paris

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Upstairs at Duroc is an English language literary and art journal based in Paris.

The next issue no. 13 of Upstairs at Duroc will be out late 2011

Why am I pleased ? because 2 of my art pieces “Parisgrit” and “250 Degrees” have been selected to be published alongside notable writers.

I will let you know more about this exciting news when Upstairs at Duroc No. 13 magazine is out and ready to read.

Urban Trash Books

Monday, April 18th, 2011

“Handmade Urban Trash book + Bag of Bits” 100% Recycled


*Recycle
*Reuse
*Remake
I don’t like to waste anything, so,recently I made a series of wire-bound books made from materials I recycled.The books are inspired by the 3 R’s and my interest into underground spaces, tunnels, derelict warehouses, city apartment storage areas, dilapidated factories & industrial spaces in Melbourne and Paris. I collect the debris left behind in the streets,consumer packaging,found objects, postcards, clothing tags, wires, bottle tops and more. All these things I like to incorporate into my pieces.

About my Books
A series of wire and hand punched, bound books decorated with wires and junk from France, plastic sheep tags and other found items. The front and back covers are glossy images from my original artworks created using street litter found from the suburbs of Melbourne Australia. Throughout the books you will discover, recycled papers, white with vintage graph papers, envelope patterned papers with hand – dyed tags and baguette bags from Paris made into pockets.Under the “Best Friends” rubber band you will find a bag of bits to embellish.

If you would like to buy a book for yourself or as a gift you can buy them here

Meet the Tenant Book.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

MEET THE TENANT BOOK (20% discount)

During the week I was cleaning out my book shelves and came across my book, “Meet the Tenant”. An underground survey of Paris.  It’s an unusual photographic survey of Paris. My photographs in this book are a “non-clichéd” look at Paris. Instead of focusing on the famous monuments, I zoom in on what is beneath the surface, photographing hidden places, including a storage area under an apartment.

I know I’m crazy but, I love spaces underground.

“There’s a life underneath the earth, and people don’t know about it, but it’s very busy and living,” she said.“I have taken photos of the Eiffel Tower but I go under it, and look at closer fragments.”

If you would like to buy a copy of my book…

Buy “Meet the Tenant’

DESCRIPTION: ” Meet the Tenant” Photography in Paris Australian Artist Jenny Davis. After a venture into the dungeon area under a Paris apartment. I could feel past lives lurking within its damp walls and eerie narrow chambers of numbered red doors. I spent many days down there alone soaking in the atmosphere of the space in order to connect to some sort of creative energy which eventually took off in all directions. I am fascinated by the beauty in the unseen the contained and murky, sometimes thought of as dirty and ugly.