Posts Tagged ‘Art Projects’

View of Urban Paris.

Friday, April 6th, 2018

One thing leads to another, everything is connected…

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opening cracks

rough

rust

decay

rubble

dirt

paint

crumble

torn

scratchy

weathered

worn

unseen

forgotten

abandoned beauty…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Fragments. An old chair. Inspiration for new work.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

As a small child I pulled things apart. Even, before I could talk, I ripped apart dolls and toys. I used to make little displays, installations of the fragments and other discarded things. Today I still pull things apart. I find fragments more pleasing and sometimes, even more interesting than the original object.

 

 

Recently, I pulled apart an old chair that had been hanging around for years. The wood was still good. The cloth and leather had grit and rust, just perfect for sculpture. The rustic bits and pieces also related to some textile fragments, I unpicked from an 1800’s, quilt topper. I’m still working on outcomes and painting has crept in too. Below are some pics of the process.

 

 

 

 

 

© 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

BOAA – Biennale of Australian Art 2018.

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

I am happy to announce I have been selected from 800 artists across Australia, to be part of BOAA-Biennale of Australian Art  in 2018.

 

 

BOAA is a multi layered art festival with various opportunities for artistic engagement. My work will be part of the ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ project, which will be BOAA’s largest installation. Supported by the City of Ballarat, this installation will form an impressive sea of images representing artists Australia wide and it will be displayed in Ballarat’s historic Mining Exchange building.

 

© 2017, 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.

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.

” No Yes” Book.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Today I made my first ever limited edition artist books. The past few weeks I’ve been working with Queensland artist, Jack Oudyn  creating, 2 original artist books. We sent the original books across the country many times in the post, from Victoria to QLD, so we could both add our marks.

"No Yes" Book Side 1

“No Yes” Book 1/3

 

It has been a challenge to get the maths right with the edition. They are far from perfect and I lost a few marks in the process, which, I think only adds to their charm and it’s been a lot of fun, learning from mistakes made along the way.

Each little “No Yes” book measures W4 x H5 x L40cm. made from 160gsm. goatskin parchment paper in cream.

 

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

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!

 

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Sun Prints. Coffee. Vintage Textiles.

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Experimenting today with sun prints using coffee and the sun

Vintage damaged cloth stretched over wooden frames with French flourish stamping

 

Tattered antique French doilies placed on top of stretched cloth

 

 

Using the doilies as a stencils spray with coffee and vinegar diluted in hot water and leave under the sun for an hour or so

 

 

Resulting in subtle ghostly images embedded for further embellishment later

 

Iron each image 3 mins. to make colour fast

 

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Collaborative Art. Artist Books.

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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We mostly think of artists working alone in a studio to produce works of art but, artists have also been working collaboratively, in groups and partnerships for centuries, even in the Renaissance. Now with technology, it’s even easier to connect and work with other creative people.

 

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Lately, I have been working on a collaborative arts project with Australian artist Jack Oudyn using a couple of little handmade books I created .

 

 

 

The books are sent by snail- mail back and forth to each other. We then, work on each page, the reverse sides or, add to each others marks and collage, until we are both satisfied with the piece.

We will then, colour photocopy the book and both have a copy, or keep an original each.

After 2 collaborative swaps the book below is still a work in progress. Today, I created more marks and will send it off  to Jack, for more additions or thoughts on the project.

 

I find it lots of fun and liberating working in this way, as well as, a bit scary. You never know if you will connect with each others mark- making and make the piece, work for both artists.

You can see the “No Yes” book finished here…

 

 

 

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Mail Art. Nomad Art. Transportable Art.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Finished Mail Art. Sending off to Australia, France, South Africa, USA, Canada and Portugal.

“Earth Works” series.

Gocco screen print. Distress inks. Stencil. Thread. Collage. Coloured pencil on vintage graph paper and  found cardboard packaging.

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Spirit of the Valley

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

SPIRIT OF THE VALLEY


An abstract feeling ….In this painting I wanted to capture the “Spirit of the Valley” in an abstract way. The colours connect to the mood of Yarra Valley’s lively communities, rich in it’s, various cultures. The arts, food and wine intermingled with the tranquillity and soul of the surrounding landscape

To see all my work please go to my  ‘Gallery”

Funny how things seem to workout. Recently I had a fall and broke my arm.

I have been wanting for ages to update my” Gallery” but, always find it too hard to drag myself away from the studio. Since breaking my arm though, I’ve had too slow down and take it easy. Over the past few weeks I have managed to use the computer with my left hand to upload more paintings, drawings  and sculpture for you to browse.

I offer all my art at studio prices, eliminating huge gallery and agent fees.

Saving you $100’s…

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If you have any questions or would like to see a high resolution photo of a piece, please contact me at Outlook8studio and I will do my best to help you.

Hope you enjoy !

“Stimulate your senses.Suggestive and powerful abstract art with a spark, to generate new ways of thinking, to move and inspire us. Jenny Davis award winning, Australian Contemporary artist , paint’s what she feels. Bold and stunningly colorful abstract paintings, that reveals the power and brightness of color, through the different effects of form and texture which spring from the canvas.”

Paula Trevisan, International Art,Ferrara , Italy in 2010

© 2010 – 2011, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

“Studioinabox Paris

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Fresh from my temporary studio in Paris…..  It has been an interesting challenge creating  from my “Studioinabox” in Paris set up for me by my daughter Amy .Ive had to work differently from my usual  larger pieces. Pieces have become more intricate and detailed.I even created some more hand made books and collages using whatever I could find .I am enjoying re-cycling everything I can get my hands on….I just sent back to Australia 5, 7kg. boxes of junk ,collected from the streets and stuff that lovely people have  given to me to re-use in  my art.

© 2010 – 2013, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Meet the Tenant Project – The Dungeon Paris

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Meet the Tenant Project – The Dungeon Paris

Over the past 3 months I have been living and making art with my daughter in Paris. I came here to  finish off an arts project I started  2 years ago.

Meet the Tenant project began during the Summer of 2007, when I ventured down into the underground area of an apartment block in Asnieres sur seine. I sensed the presence of past lives lurking within the walls and this became the starting point for my project.

I call this space “The Dungeon” Within days I had massed hundreds of images, video, photos and drawings. I took them back to my studio in Australia and have been working on the project ever since. I edited the videos into an 18 minute piece and printed out some of the photos. Developed a story-line which keeps changing, and created a proposal to be performed . (See 1st draft below)

Today back in Paris 2010, I’m still no closer to resolving this project its forever ongoing and not sure where it will end up and its driving me mad.

Proposal No.1 $10,000Jenny Davis 2010

“Go to Paris from Australia & live in an underground space for 7 days and document everything that happens with video, photographs, drawings, whatever. All things created become yours. You will own the experience, everything, including my clothes, shoes, food containers ,implements etc…I will deliver them to you. The art piece is… The whole experience…. you can do with it what you want”

(Due to sub zero temps. this project was canceled and may be performed at a later date)

An underground space under the Notre Dame Paris

Map copyright PlanetWare.com

© 2010 – 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Preparing for a site specific artwork

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Every  artist has their own way of preparing before creating. In this blog entry I would like to share with you what I  do, before creating a site specific artwork.

A BIT ABOUT MY CREATIVE PROCESS

Capturing the wholeness of a space is most important for me.

For creating the work, or idea, I need to physically spend a lot of time in the space where I will be creating the work. Not only, do I need to consider the site visually, I also have to feel it, hear, the silence, the noise, touch the textures, and take in the aroma of the surrounding layers of the environment . This helps me to capture the realness and essence of the space.

All random ideas and thoughts are recorded. This may take the form of written notes, quick drawings, paintings, photos, taken at different times of the day and night. I may also use video and sound.

Sometimes my response is so strong, I will have a basic idea working around in my head before I get back to the studio. I then work out how Im going to take my idea into reality. Working with the creative process allows me to be more spontaneous in my approach to the making of the work. The materials I use can be randomly chosen as I go along or, I will purposely choose a material that will express my ideas.

How do you kick- start your creativity?

© 2010 – 2011, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

My Found-object Sculpture

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

DIARY ENTRY 2005“Surfaces tell the stories of History’s children. I travelled the surface of the battles. Napoleon and Hitler’s slaughter. The senseless bloodshed of scores of the Holy wars. As I entered the borders it invaded my skin, then, seeping into my soul, I saw where it happened over and over again. It clings to me and will stay.

In England I saw a ghost in nave at Canterbury Cathedral and visited the wonderful sea side village of Rye. Nearby the weird, bizarre but wonderful Dungeness. And the fantastic museum in Maidstone where I was the only one, creeping through the old corridors. I loved its ancientness.

In Spain, I felt the genius of Dali, Gaudi , Miro, Picasso and Antoni Tapies.The magic of Don Quixote, Flamenco, the dance and Catalan language.

I had fun with Tarrentino’s, Pulp Fiction in France and the beautiful city of Paris with its beautiful goldness, but no toilets. I fell in love with Venice , Florence and the Renaissance. The architecture cathedrals and more.”

© 2009 – 2011, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

ART FOR LIFE: bushfire appeal

Friday, March 20th, 2009

ART FOR LIFE: Art Auction Bushfire Appeal

What is Art For Life all about

The Art for Life Bushfire Appeal has been established to raise money for the rebuilding of communities tragically affected by the recent bushfires in Victoria.

It is a grassroots “community for community” effort to raise funds but we also want it to be a celebration of our communities creative spirit and provide exposure and recognition for Australian artists and their works.

100% of funds raised from the sale of works will go to the cause. As well as that, within our best efforts, every aspect of the event will be donated to maximize the amount that can go to the cause. All involved in making this idea a reality are volunteering their time, this includes the entertainers and function volunteer staff who we gratefully acknowledge.

Art For Life bushfire appeal is an auction of donated art works to be held in the Melbourne Town Hall Supper Room on 27 March from 6.30pm.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The event is sponsored by Melbourne City Council under the auspices by The Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation

Some of the contributing artists include Lisa Roet, Heather Shimmen, Angela Brennan, Debra Rhee, Jamie Daddo, Jenny Davis, Thomas DeKessler, Elisabeth Sands and Mary Newsome.

© 2009 – 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Letters from the Border

Sunday, March 8th, 2009


Letters from the Border Jenny Davis

The flower rose from the desert floor

Pushing its way through the dry hard crust like a white rag flapping its surrender into the dust

Time slowed to a halt for one soldier he clicked the camera.

An interruption to the vile slaughter he had witnessed earlier that morning

The image arrived penetrating the depths of her soul for she knew the little desert flower from the border would change the fragility of humanity forever

Finally after all the fires in Victoria I’m starting to create again and catch up with my work in the studio. Pictures above show images of the hubcap I created for the Landfillart project in US.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

LETTERS FROM THE BORDER is actually a series of many pieces I have been working on for years…..This piece is a collage of images taken from my collections.

A copy of an original Imperial letter from Berlin I own dated early 1900’s

A piece of writing I created in 2003 in connection to Iraq Photos and emails I received from a US soldier when he was on the border in Kuwait waiting to invade Iraq.He described to me what happened to his troops on that day and night.

They were bombed 30 times as they crossed the border.

We conversed with emails for a few months then nothing .I don’t know what happened to him I haven’t been able to find out.

The bomb like image is a photo of a plastic toy I have that sits inside one of my box sculptures.The soldier images are from the photos he sent me of himself and his crew. I had made a few zines out of these images then I tore one up for this work. It was all originally on stretched canvas but I cut it out for the hubcap and sealed it….

The desert flower refers to a photo he sent me as he was entering over the border into Iraq…a little flower a glimmer of hope in the dry dusty desert

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Landfillart is an international effort encompassing one-thousand-forty-one (1,041) artists to claim a piece of rusted metal garbage and create fine art.

The ultimate goals of this project are twofold. The first is to compile a book with the story and photos of the evolution of http://www.landfillart.org and the coming together of 1041 artists worldwide for a common cause, making great art out of rusted refuse. Only artists could lead such a charge. The other goal is to select 200 of these metal canvases to travel and inspire other such movement

© 2009 – 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.