Posts Tagged ‘Recycled art’

Art & Recycling. Textiles & Mixed media.

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Art and recycling goes hand-in-hand in the textile and mixed- media side of my arts practice.

My artworks are often created from old, discarded clothing, vintage and antique textiles, papers and found objects. I enjoy making use of stuff that has had a life already; a life that is often purely functional and as far removed from ‘art’ as you can imagine.

I’ve been recycling all my life to make art. As a child, I pulled apart, old clothing and nylon stockings “I used to collect fabric waste from mum’s sewing and knitting basket, making wall hangings out of that.” Nowadays, I cut up my own clothing and others, antique quilts, vintage linens, fancywork and men’s suits.

The process of searching and collecting materials, is also, a very important part of my art’s making. It may take weeks, months, even years, to find a piece that talks to me. Most of the time though, a fragment of fabric, clothing or object, will trigger off the idea. I collect and document many of the pieces I find, by labeling or remembering, its history of when & where it was found. This gives me another layer to work with.

The search for materials has taken me to many weird and wonderful places over the years.

The sometimes, dodgy, back streets of cities, in Barcelona, Italy and France. Markets and charity shops in Australia, France and England. Underground spaces, abandoned buildings, coast lines and vacant beaches. Friends, family and strangers, have also, donated materials to use in my work.

By transforming old, recycled and reused materials, it enriches the stories I like to tell in my contemporary art and gives a new life, to materials destined to be wasted and thrown away.

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Mixed Media Collage. 3 New Works on Paper.

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

3 New mixed- media collages on 300gsm watercolour paper (Unframed).

I  like to create new visions, by recycling and dissecting vintage papers that I may, or not hand paint with acrylic paints and inks.

Process – On a background of strong 350gsm artist water- colour paper, I add layers of acrylic paints, fragments of vintage papers and random marks, using French ink pens.

Earth Renewable

Recycled Polyhedron

Recycled Symmetry

 

 

© 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.

Rustmatter. Limited Edition Artist Books

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Connections and contrasts of imperfections, found in the urban environment, highlighting, insignificant marks, weathered surfaces and cast – offs. I am influenced by abandoned and derelict spaces, vacant industrial sites, structures, old walls & graffiti.One of a kind, handmade ( Limited Edition) artist books from Australian contemporary artist Jenny Davis

Each book consists of:
1 Vintage cigar tin lined with eco- dyed crochet scrap in Shibori- dyed indigo blue, or rust.
1 Handmade concertina artist book, collage with rust – dyed papers and slow stitched with Japanese Shibori threads.
A vintage button with an 1800’s, rusted suspender buckle, winds around the book to close. Some buckles have “Paris” engraved.
1 Scrap piece of rust – dyed canvas cloth, frayed, embellished with slow stitching.
1 Handmade collage created from aged, rust paper, antique suspender buckle and slow stitching.
2 photographs in an acrylic pouch, taken beneath the City of Paris, France.
1 rusted fence loop found in the outback Australia.
(Each artist book is original, handmade and differs from the other. They are all created from the same materials though, making each one, a collectable piece of art)

Please click on photos to purchase!

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© 2017, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

How to make Collages from Old Damaged Books.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Re: Artwork & Article Published in US. Magazine.

 

 

Vintage Pulp

As, mentioned in an earlier post , (Vintage Pulp Fiction Collages) here are some photos of my published article last year, in “Sew Somerset Summer 2016” magazine. I have also included below, how you can to make your own mixed – media collage and drawings from damaged books. I get really addicted to making these little artworks and love reclaiming, tattered books, destined for the garbage, giving them a new life.

 

Supplies:

 

 

Supplies:
Damaged vintage “Pulp Fiction” books, or any other book
Acrylic gesso paint.
Coloured pencils, pens, inks, crayons etc. (I wouldn’t use felt pens as they might seep through)
Vintage fabric. (Damaged, stained, vintage tablecloths, tea towels, even old doilies)
Glue stick
Needle
Threads (any colour)

Equipment
Cutting mat
Box knife or scalpel
Scissors
Sewing machine (Optional)
Small cheap paint brush or, sponge brush
A few rags for wiping paint or glue

Instructions
Carefully cut or tear out a page from the book. This will be used for your artwork base.

To stabilize the delicate book page, paint each side with acrylic Gesso paint, leaving sections of text, and images showing.

Now for the fun part. Once the Gesso paint is dry, draw, paint, scribble and smudge, onto one side of the paper only. You can use paint, coloured pencils, ink, pens etc. Start gluing on bits of found text and images, cut from other pages in the book. It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s fun creating nonsense “gibber jabber”

Next, cut a piece of vintage cloth, about 1 inch – 2cm. larger, than the book page.

Leaving the edges of the cloth raw, hand or machine stitch the cloth to the page, on all 4 sides. Without being too precious, make random marks, by stitching and detouring across and through the piece, as you like.

Continue working on the collage with more stitching, marks and text, until satisfied.

Note: On the underside of the collage the stitching will have left some very interesting marks. Two artworks in one!

Displaying your artwork

The finished artwork could be displayed in a conventional frame, or in a double sided, glass or acrylic frame. As an installation, hang a piece of string from the ceiling and peg the artwork to the string. Both sides can be viewed when it swings around. Several collages could be used for journal pages, book making, or just as a piece of artwork to sit on a shelf in a special place.

Tips

Using damaged vintage books and vintage fabrics, adds to the character of the artwork and saves it from landfill.

Collect found papers, textile scraps and text to make collage.

Old books can be found cheaply, from second-hand shops, flea markets and library throw outs.

A sharp scalpel is very good for cutting close to the book spine.

Add a tiny amount of water to your Gesso paint to make it more translucent.

To give your page a more aged appearance, stain with a tea dye. Put any amount of tea bags in a sink, 1/4 filled with hot water. Plunge and leave until stained, then bake the page in a low oven for around 10 minutes.

Hope you enjoy creating your collage.
 

 

 

© 2017, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Old Army Blanket and Collage.

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Still working on small textile collages.

 

 

I found an old army blanket from my childhood and couldn’t resist  it’s raggedy worn, loveliness and further rusted it. Leaving it in the elements outside for a few weeks.

 

 

It can take ages moving pieces around to get the right composition.

 

 

then sometimes it just happens straight away.

 

 

 

Adding more marks…

 

The good thing about using a stretched canvas as a base, I can stitch right into it.

Just like using a embroidery hoop.

 

© 2017, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Time, Change, Erosion and Decay + Freebie Rust Dyeing Tutorial

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The process of transformation. Time, change, erosion and decay are qualities I like to celebrate. I examine and explore, the properties and possibilities, of my material and want to push the boundaries of something to get a deeper understanding.

In my latest project, I’m working with textiles over a 100 years old. I want to work with the worn and deteriorated textiles and collaborate alongside those, who in the past, so carefully stitched, mended and created, the pieces for comfort and warmth.

Each piece was once, carefully hand -stitched and now, breaking down and worn. I have very selectivity pulled apart and unpicked areas, and kept some intact.

Some areas of fabric, are so badly worn it breaks in my hands, so I have to reinforce it. Most pieces though are just left in their original state.

I then, like to push the process further with, natural & rust dying methods, mark making, hand stitching and painting with caste iron, botanical paints.

Numerous times, I expose the materials to the elements to experience the changes.

Getting to the essence of my material helps me to translate and describe its being. I rarely know the outcome of my projects and just go with the flow.

Wanting to know how to rust – dye?  Please see my  free rust – dyeing tutorial

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

3 New Collages using fragments.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

100 yr old cotton textile fragments, vintage found objects, oil pigments,vintage card, linen thread, linen cloth.

 

 

The pieces of cloth are extremely fragile so each piece

 

 

needs to be reinforced and sealed and stitched into very carefully

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

before being attached to book board.

 

 

 

 

© 2017, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Mixed- Media Collage on Vintage Book Pages

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Mixed- Media Collage on Vintage Book Pages

3 abstract artworks
Size: Each artwork
Artwork 7.5″ x 5.5″ – 19 x 14cm
Size: with matt, 10″ x 8″ – 26 x 20cm.
Year 2016

“No Goodbye”

 

Mixed media collage. Found book paper, archive grey matt, thread on vintage book pages (Unframed)

 

“Indigo”

 

( Artwork is matted ready to frame)

 

“Air Attacks”

 

Signed and dated on the back.

 

 

© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

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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© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Vintage Pulp Artwork & Article Published in US. Magazine.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Artwork & Article Published in US. Magazine.

 

 

Vintage Pulp

Congratulations on having your artwork and article published in Sew Somerset!

Earlier this year I was approached by Stampington & Company in the USA. to write a feature article, about my mixed- media collages, for their magazine.

Today I am happy to announce my article and artwork has been published and is featured in the latest, “Sew Somerset Summer 2016” magazine.

 

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My paper mixed media collages, are created from old, damaged, vintage pulp fiction book pages, vintage pieces of linen and more. I will post photographs of the article and where you can buy the magazine soon!

 

© 2016 – 2017, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Rust & Shibori. Vintage Cigar Tins. Work in Progress.

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Rust & Shibori. Vintage Cigar Tins. Work in Progress.

A heap of vintage cigar tins in the process of change.

 

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Vintage buckle, Japanese Shibori dyed scrap. Rusty fence wires and Victorian silk buttons were purchased from Penny’s antique and vintage mixed media supplies.  Faginsdaughter

 

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Old rusted door lock and fence wire with weaving made from beach- combed finds and indigo cotton string.

 

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The beginnings of a textile book.

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Rust and indigo dyed wall piece

 

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Finally, another tin. Metal detector find, central Victoria, 1800’s suspender buckle, rusty wire and rust indigo dyed doily scrap. Unfortunately the beautiful buckle broke in this installation. It could be made from gold, as it was very soft.

 

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I may use some of these artworks in my next solo exhibition, “Wallmatter” in July

© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Altered Vintage Postcards. Small Paper Collages.

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Altered Vintage Postcards. Small Paper Collages.

A couple of altered postcards. I call them “postacards”. When I’m in a creative slump, I pull out a box of vintage postcards, found papers and tear, cut & paste. Weird things happen when you throw in unrelated images together. A whole new narrative is created.

Vintage cards collected from all over the world

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This is one of my first postacards I created using paper off-cuts from other projects. Its a bit of a time- machine embeded in an underground chamber.

D’arc time capsule

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This one is untitled for now. 3 ominous figures, guardians or threatening invaders.

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© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Axis of Evil Sonata. Equilibrium. Sculpture.

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Axis of Evil Sonata. Equilibrium. Sculpture.

It’s never too late… finally after many changes, a couple of sculpture’s I started back in 2006 are now complete. ( I think). Sometimes I have to wait around a long time for the right object to turn up. Of course, I don’t know what it is until I come across it.

TITLE – Axis of Evil Sonata. 2006-2015

 

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SIZE – 19x12x11cm. approx

 

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MED – plastic cowboy, eagle, wooden music box, mirror, metal, glass vials, black sand, paper,enamel paint, music box movement.

 

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Found -Object sculpture. Music box beats out Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” while a gunslinger from the “Wild West” spins around. Beside the black box sit, 5 glass vials, filled with fine black gravel. The inside of the box is filled with more, fine black gravel. Reflections on war and global conflict. A response to the invasion into Iraq, 2003.

 

TITLE- Equilibrium. 2006-2015

 

 

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SIZE- 18″ x 8″ – 47x20cm approx.
MED – plastic,rock-metal,music box ballerina,wire, enamel paint.

 

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Composure. Mental or emotional balance.

 

 

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Building Layers. Mixed Media. Cradled Boards.

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Building Layers. Mixed Media. Cradled Boards.

Mixed-media art works on cradled birch boards, I started a few weeks ago.

 

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Working on board allows me to scrape back, sand & scratch into the surface

 

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I have left areas raw to show the grain. Building layers with shellac stains, found papers and textiles.

 

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More oil pigments, graphite dust and inks.

 

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I may add some encaustic wax, as well.

See the beginning of the series  here

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

Mixed Media Collages. Abandoned Matter.

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

A series of mixed media collages. By reclaiming and re-using abandoned matter, each piece gives new meaning to the (discarded) found in the environment. Mark making with thread, found papers and stains.

 

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VMX – Jenny Davis

TITLE VMX.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

Buy here

TrackXE Jenny Davis

TraXE – Jenny Davis

TITLE TraXE.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

Buy here

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TraX –  Jenny Davis

TITLE TraX.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

Buy here

Trak2 - Jenny Davis

TraX2 – Jenny Davis

TITLE TraX2.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

Buy here

VArow

VArow – Jenny Davis

TITLE VArow.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x 5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

Buy here

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Second Time Around.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art

The gallery video from “Second time Around The Hubcap as Art ” environmental installation, I was invited to participate in at the “Museum of the Shenandoah Valley” in Winchester, VA. USA

The exhibition opened on the 6th. September and runs through to March 1, 2015.

Video produced by Larry Carroll

In support of the opening of Second Time Around, the MSV will concurrently present WASTE NOT, a version of the exhibition Green Revolution which is made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service based on an exhibition originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and its Black Creativity Council. WASTE NOT uses family-friendly, interactive activities and reused or re-purposed materials to focus on the environmental need to rethink, reuse, recycle, and reduce.

 

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Thoughts on Collage.

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

 

My 10 quick thoughts on creating original collage.

 

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“13 pour” Jenny Davis

 

1. Just when you think you’ve got it licked, it can change, by adding one tiny piece of paper, or mark.

 

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“Bitter Interception” Jenny Davis

 

2. Collage can’t be controlled, trust in the doing.

 

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“No” Jenny Davis

 

3. If you don’t like something tear it off, paint or paste over it.

 

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“Generous Nation” Jenny Davis

 

4. By elimination, breaking and tearing to restructure the work, you can open up a new vision.

 

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“Clash 3” Jenny Davis

 

 

5. Text adds interest and throws it off again. Do you take it literally, or as a design element?

 

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“De’ranger” Jenny Davis

 

6. Working on the whole collage at once and not just in one area, is more satisfying.

 

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“Clash” Jenny Davis

 

7. Elements of design come into play too. Colour, shape, texture, line and form.

 

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“84” Jenny Davis

 

 

8. When creating collage, I use the same cognitive process as when painting.

 

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“Torn” Jenny Davis

 

9. It’s all about trusting the creative process, your intuition, taking risks and challenging yourself.

 

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“Paris Burning” Jenny Davis

 

10. It’s also heaps of fun expressing yourself in this way!

Back to “Free Tutorials”

© 2014 – 2015, 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.

The Hubcap as Art.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

UPDATE!

Details about the environmental installation I am participating in at The Museum of Shenandoah Valley in Virginia USA!

 

Second Time Around

 

  

MUSEUM OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA, 22601 USA
888-556-57997th. September 2014  – March 1st. 2015Opening Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 pm

Finally, be sure to register for the opening party on September 6 if you plan to attend!
If you have any questions, please contact Marge Lee at mlee@museumword.comArts Project Creator

Ken Marquis Founder, The Landfillart Project

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Artist list 

 

Image credits on exhibition logotype: Pasta Maker Machine, 2010, Kathy Rebek, New Jersey, and Untitled 2009 by Linda Leviton, Ohio. Courtesy of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. 

My artwork selected for the “Second Time Around. The Hubcap as Art” exhibition.

 

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Letters from the Border. Jenny Davis. 2009.

This piece is a collage of images taken from my collection.

It includes 2003 emails I received from a US soldier

when he was on the border in Kuwait, waiting to invade Iraq.

He described the constant multiple bombings,

the daily life of his troops and photos of what he saw around him.

One photo, the little flower, represented the hope in the dusty dry dessert.

After several months of correspondence,

I never heard from him again and have been unable to locate him.

 

 

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One-minute video trailer by Los Angeles film and TV director Larry Carroll.

Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art!

 

 Underwriters and Partners:

 

 

 


 

 

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.