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From This Place. Help Raise the Profiles of Women Artists!

Monday, July 10th, 2017

“We wanted to elevate our fellow women artists, to raise their profile in a world where it is often hard to cut through. One of the most telling statistics we found was that only 5% of artists hanging in permanent galleries worldwide were women. We took this fact and decided to do something about it, and where better to start than in our own beautiful region – on the banks of the Yarra River, in the mountains and forests we all call home?” Lindy Schneider

Lindy, Angela and to all the other artists…You are all such an inspiration and amazing creative women. I feel very privileged to be part of this project.

Photography Copyright  – Angela Rivas

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© 2017, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

A new series of collages and textiles.

Friday, February 17th, 2017

A new series of collages and textiles, capturing the “beauty & hope” in decline, before its gone continues my investigation into, the disintegration and decay of the environment, of life and the human psyche.

Rescuing and renewing things for decades. Many of my artworks are created from discarded materials and old bits & pieces in a state of flux. Renewing and recycling, discarded objects, changes their meaning, opening up a whole different way of thinking.  Allowing for new perspectives and ideas to form using the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind.

The collages below were created from old book covers, torn, worn and too precious to throw away. Inspired by, the randomness of barges, flotsam & jetsam observed along the river Seine in France.

 

 

TITLE Turkey Red Night
MED 1800’s textile scraps, Parisian essence, wire on linen card book cover sealed
SIZE 34 x 24cm.
Ready to hang. (Unframed)

 

 

TITLE Summers Gone
MED 1800’s textile scraps, Parisian essence, metal object, wire on linen card book cover sealed
SIZE 30 x 22cm.
Ready to hang. (Unframed)

 

 

 

TITLE Riverebb
MED 1800’s textile scraps, Parisian essence, paper, wire on linen card book cover sealed
SIZE 30 x 24cm.
Ready to hang. (Unframed)

 

 

 

TITLE Barge along the Seine
MED 1800’s textile scraps, Parisian essence, metal object, wire on linen card book cover sealed
SIZE 30 x 22cm.
Ready to hang. (Unframed)

 

 

 

TITLE Chequered Flight
MED 1800’s textile scraps, Parisian essence, metal object, wire on linen card book cover sealed
SIZE 29 x 22cm.
Ready to hang. (Unframed)

New textile pieces coming.

 

© 2017 – 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Small Abstract Oil Paintings. Still & Interruption.

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Small Abstract Oil Paintings. Still & Interruption.

 

 

 

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I spent a lot of time trying to get the surface just right, on these 3 paintings, as I wanted each piece to stand on its own, as well as, together as a whole. I also wanted to convey a feeling of stillness. A space to sit awhile.

 

 

 

 

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The 3 below have colour and movement. I feel they are not yet resolved and will probably work back in with more layers.

 

 

 

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I’m enjoying, the smaller scale paintings at the moment, especially after all the large ones I did over the past year for my “Wallmatter” exhibition.

 

 

 

 

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Its a whole different way of working. Large paintings have huge sweeping strokes, where the whole body is involved. Smaller artworks allow me to come in close and are not so hard on my body. I can work longer on them, without too much pain to my back and neck.

© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

In the Studio. Rust. Tea. Vinegar.

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

In the Studio. Rust. Tea. Vinegar. Experimenting today, with rusty things.

 

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I usually rust textiles by wrapping them around rust objects then leave them to weather, in the elements a few weeks.

 

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Today, I sprayed rusty objects with vinegar

 

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and soaked pieces of cotton cloth in tea. I then put a layer of rusty, fence droppers on top. (Apparently, tannic acid in tea and rust, heated gently, gives off orangey, red marks)

 

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Then, covered it all with another piece of cloth.

 

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I weighed it all down with concrete tiles to give good contact

 

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I also want to try out saltwater and coffee as the wetting agent for rust dyeing.

 

© 2016 – 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Abstract Painting. Creative Process. Layering.

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Abstract Painting. Creative Process. Layering.

The life of a painting, sometimes takes on many layers. My abstractions, may have as many as, 5 to 50 layers. They can take days, weeks, even months, to complete.

 

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This painting, started out very busy and chaotic, as, I wanted to get the paint and marks down, as quickly as possible. During the process, I eliminated many layers of paint and marks, to calm it all down, until I was satisfied.

The beginning splashes of acrylic paint and marks.

 

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Somewhere in the middle. Around 10 layers of paint, ink, powder pigments and shellac.

 

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The final stages of the painting after, eliminating layers and using a more subtle palette. I wanted the painting to have a lot of texture with a calm, stillness about it.

 

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This painting, links to “found marks” in urban landscapes in Australia and Europe.

 

© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Heat. Bush Fire. Painting.

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Heat Bush Fire Painting

After 3 days of sweltering heat and bush fires nearby it’s time to relax and do some mark-making on big sheets of paper

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using dyes

 

 

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ink and pen

 

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with hand painted papers

 

© 2015 – 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Play things on my studio bench.

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Play things on my studio bench

Handmade mark-making tools

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Silk tea bag pouches

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Rusty fence droppers found in outback

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Old used paint brushes

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More handmade tools

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Japanese ceramic toy & stack of vintage tobacco tins

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Metal detector finds. Suspender buckles and other types. Brass and copper. 1850s-1890s

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Deconstructed  vintage chair

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Antique watch faces and parts

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Felt & thread pad from vintage chair

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Mail art sent to France

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© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Joie de vivre!

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Joie de vivre!

Paris has become like, my second home over the years. Today, my heart, thoughts and love, go out to all my Australian & French family’s in Paris and to every other Parisian, after the recent tragic events.
No matter what… You will never lose your joie de vivre!

Excerpts from Paris journal’s over several years, by Jenny Davis

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

In the Studio. Painting & Study.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

In the Studio. Painting. & Study.

After a short break in warm Queensland, (freezing today in the Yarra Valley) I’m back in the studio, working on a series of large paintings for my next solo exhibition.

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I’m also feeling, very inspired to create something with a pile of old sandstone blocks, I’ve had laying around for years. They have weathered beautifully!

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In between, I need to finish my course with Dottie Media

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and start the new one with Stephanie Levy.

Will be nice when it gets warmer in Melbourne:)

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Thank you! “Upstairs at Duroc” magazine in Paris.

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Thank you! “Upstairs at Duroc” magazine in Paris.

I’m very excited, because, once again, my artwork has been chosen to be included in this, “Literary & Arts Journal of Paris”.

Everybody is welcome to ,“Upstairs at Duroc“magazine launch, for Issue 16, in Paris this October. So, if you are lucky enough to be in Paris, France, at that time, come along and join in the fun!

 

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http://upstairsatduroc.org/628/

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Pink me up abstractions!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Pink me up abstractions!

4 new abstract paintings

 

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“Winsor & Newton” acrylic paints on gallery stretched canvas

 

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Each artwork measures Size 30 x 30 x 3.5cm.

 

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Still untitled.

 

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© 2015 – 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Work in Progress. Mixed-Media Paintings.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Work in Progress. Mixed-Media Paintings.

A few more paintings on the way.

 

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I’m also learning how to use my new camera

 

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Over Land 2

 

I definitely need to use a tripod for artworks as

 

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Over Land 3

 

I can see some blurring with movement.

 

© 2015 – 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Textiles. Shellac. Wood. Work in Progress.

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Not fully resolved, this is the first in a series of mixed-media art works on cradled wooden board, followed by further details of the process.

 

This artwork was inspired by an old piece of spotty paper.

 

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I wanted to leave space around the wooden board and still show the grain

 

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An old piece of canvas and hand- stitching.

 

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Found papers with generous pourings of shellac and ink.

 

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More papers and cloth.

 

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I’m still not satisfied and will probably sand back in areas.

 

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See Jenny’s other artworks in this series

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

No. 2. Old clothes. Recycling. Art Making.

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Follow-up from a previous post  Old clothes. Recycling. Art Making.

Playing with textiles, wax and trying to work out my new camera.

De-constructing a man’s suit.

 

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Wafers of wax, felt & linen

 

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Specimens to play with flesh- like

 

 

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Waxed string twined

 

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Spirals

 

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Hand- sewn surface marks

 

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Links to Joseph Beuy’s  felt works and underground spaces seen in Paris

 

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Similar to scientific or, geological specimens from an antique book

 

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© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Mail Art. Handmade Envelopes. New Project.

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Hand-made envelopes made from used copy paper with doodles, scribbles and messed up prints. Sewn and packed to send mail art all over the world.

The top image is a reproduction of a 1900’s glass negative I found. I’m trying to work out how to develop a box of these.

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Mail art for Adrienne in Canada

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A string of envelopes sewn together.

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For Richard in France

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A box full of finished envelopes

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For Jack in Queensland

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More envelopes

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For PetrolPetal in South Africa

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I discovered a good quick way to make pockets for an installation

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For Adrienne again

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I’m now addicted to making envelopes from all my waste papers.

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Jacks collage.

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© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Abstract Play. New Paintings.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

My latest little abstract paintings with bursts of high-energy marks, dissolving into planes of colour with blocks of cobalt blue found papers walking across the surface.

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Abstract Play 5

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© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Old Clothes. Re-Cycling. Art Making.

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Before, I throw anything away, I like to see if I can use it in my creative ideas. Not only am I dealing with issues concerning, over- consumption, re- cycling & renewing, I also love using the found material and always have a ready supply of art materials available.

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Recently, I acquired a large amount of men’s ties, I’m pulling apart, to create abstract paintings.

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I also have 3 wardrobes of old clothing, I’m slowly, using to make textile art pieces, books and more. The physical act of pulling apart and de-constructing my own clothing, connects me to the textures, memories and history of the piece. The materials are then, made into new ideas, re- introduced and re- valued.

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Paper packaging, used coffee filters, table napkins and clothing dyed and baked in coffee, tea and rust

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Vintage jumpers, jeans and shirts, torn and cut ready for book-making and other projects

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Artwork in progress using scraps of vintage sheer curtain and upholstery material, rust dyed.

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© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

New Drawings 2015. “Line Play”

Monday, January 5th, 2015

“Line Play” series. My first drawings for 2015. Automatic, intuitive mark-making and play, using graphite dust, black drawing inks, acrylic paints and sealer.

(Click on thumbnails to see larger images)

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Line Play 2

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Line Play 3

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© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Purple Haze in Yellow. Procrastination.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Two new paintings from the studio!

  Procrastination

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Sitting on a line at the cusp of making a decision enjoying the moment before.
Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)

See more here…

 

Purple Haze in Yellow

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Colour field abstract painting
Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)

See more here…

© 2014 – 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Paris Manhole. Underground Spaces.

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Found Abstractions
Manholes utility holes, cable chambers, access chambers, inspection chambers, maintenance holes,  confined spaces) Top openings to underground spaces.

Photographs taken in Paris, France by Jenny Davis. 2005,2007 & 2009.

 

© 2014 – 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.