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Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Seasons Greetings to you all from Outlook8studio and all best wishes for a peaceful 2018. Many thanks for all your support over the years !



In Transit. Tiny Collages. New Work

Monday, May 26th, 2014

In Transit.

Using trickery and lies, Australian Navy and Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a boat carrying asylum seekers in December 2012. They were told they would be taken to Christmas island and transferred onto a small lifeboat and handed a document that said: “You only have enough fuel to reach land in Indonesia. You do not have enough fuel to continue your voyage to Australia … if you continue on your journey, the master and crew of your boat will face harsh penalties, which may include a jail term.

The United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention defines a refugee as someone: “owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”All refugees have been asylum seekers. People who arrive in countries that are signatory to the 1951 Convention, regardless of their method of arrival, are entitled to seek refugee protection. Refugee status determination does not discriminate between how a person arrived in a country and lodged their application.

A series of little collages “In Transit” on canvas made from vintage papers, wallpaper, found street litter F.G, Washi tape, pen and ink .

Size 10.2 x 10. 2 each

Handmade Books. Recycling.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book

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


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book

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


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book

Its amazing how much packaging can be saved over time





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




and sealed the pages with white Gesso




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




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




to make it more sturdy




The little window will have something inside




Taking a load of baguette bags I bought back from France




I scrunched them up into balls and wrinkled them




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




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


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book


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


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book


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






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




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




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




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




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


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book


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




They are tied with cotton mop thread




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




See through windows add more interest


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book


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


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book


Toggles were sewn on the front with a string to close


Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book

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?

Traces Left Behind. My Brother.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Couldn’t get out of bed this morning after a rough night’s sleep.




Instead, I grabbed my old Pilot mechanical pencil and did some little drawings on an old book cover I rescued from hard garbage.



My drawings are intuitive and spontaneous. Using construction type marks, I like to pull apart things and go back to the beginning to find the essence




leaving traces of where I’ve just been, like traces left behind in the environment from nature, human beings and all living creatures.



Sometimes, when drawing, I remember my childhood when watching my older brother draw plans for buildings, real and imaginary. When he was at work I would go into his room and look for ages at the drawings on graph paper and lined exercise books.



Today, my brother is a very creative builder, cabinet maker and teacher. 50 years later, I still love to watch him draw his plans and architectural ideas on bits of paper. They are so precise, detailed and unique.




Where does drawing take you ?










Heat Wave. QR Codes. Astronomy.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Work in progress… Sculpture installation


Heat wave Melbourne. Australia. 11/02/2014



no electricity




moon space through glass windows





iphone in pocket




QR code tells more




boxed up




getting there
















The Travelling Artist

Saturday, March 8th, 2014



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.




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




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

In Transit series of collages




Acrylic paints and ink in a pouch my daughter gave me




Chalk in a vintage medical tin






Water colour paints, coloured pencils and double sided tape








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




Paint swatches




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




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




Stained printed matter and newer papers




Old music prayer book




1932 school book full of hand drawn  world maps






1960s New Idea magazine for cutting




Old advertising




Vintage encyclopeadia pages sealed with a layer of translucent gesso paint




A book of hand-made French paper




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




Mini stamping kit in old cigar tin






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




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



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


used envelopes, cereal boxes and food packaging


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


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



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





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

See Jenny’s portfolio here

Back to “Free Tutorials”

“The Landfill Project” needs artists

Friday, March 7th, 2014

“The Landfill Project”, needs to very rapidly acquire approximately 100 more artists to reach their goal. Over 1,000 artists, comprising all 50 states and 53 countries, are already working on The Landfillart Project.




Letters from the Border – Jenny Davis

“I chose to be part of this project in 2008 because I believe in the power of art to move… to encourage change ‘This’ project demonstrates ‘The Power of Art’ to pass on important concerns about our fragile ecological state whilst giving examples of how we can recycle and reuse in creative ways”





Letters from the Border is part of series Jenny has been working on for years. This piece is a collage of images taken from her collection. It includes 2003 emails she 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, Jenny never heard from him again and has been unable to locate him.














Paper Ephemera Group.

Saturday, March 1st, 2014



Filling envelopes with found papers to send off to members of the paper ephemera exchange group to use in collage and other creative projects




Each person fills an envelope with found papers, advertising cards, text




and sends it off to every member in the group




with old or new finds





I will send mine off next week




Its fun giving and receiving art materials from all over the world to play with


Drawing & Collage on Vintage Index Cards.

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Drawing & Collage on Vintage Index Cards.

“Indexing” a series of small abstract drawing & collage


Size 20 x 13cm.



collage with vintage found papers




watery black ink & pen



tissue and hand drawn doodles




original vintage French script




with oil pastel on old index cards



Shadow Play. Photography.

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

playing with shadows



broken camera









































Underground Urban Spaces…

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

New worlds I build daily for underground urban living…Constructions of layered line, and grids. Objects for science, living pods, travel pods, underground exploration and excavation machinery beneath. Little abstract paintings created on artist gallery stretched canvas.

Terras Tower

Terrasporus Flying Machine

Traction Apparatus

Giro Charger

Sub Time Machine


Terras Travalator

Subterranean Space

Mobile Mover.

VM Agitator

Surface Light Tube

VM Watcher


Making Sculpture…

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Vintage metal drill tin, broken ultra marine glass from an old bottle and a little cherub. All spray painted black.


Old Japanese music box, plastic toy cowboy, American flag on laser cut metal.




Plastic music box ballerina, rock, metal gear, wire on laser-cut metal



All sculptures are works in progress and unfinished….

Snap to Grid Exhibition. LACDA.

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

My latest group exhibition at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art


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Slices in Time. Fragility. Jenny Davis.
In creating this artwork I used various processes. By physically dismantling objects and clothing I then wax the pieces. Some time later I reassemble the items and stage them into a still life composition in the studio.

December 12, 2013-January 4, 2014

Opening Reception December January 12, 7-9pm
in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk

Los angeles center for digital art

104 East Fourth Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

2013 Snap to Grid installation shots


Warm Hot Collage – Lafayette Pink

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Warm Collage – Lafayette Pink

( Please see all my other collages from “30 Days of Collage” at  Cottontail Art Design and Vintage)

Thinking of my daughter today, living in Paris France. Last time I was there I experienced my first ever white Xmas. It snowed and snowed. We went to Galleries Lafayette but didn’t buy anything as it just too expensive but I did grab samples, advertising papers and junk for my art.

The colours that Winter were hot pinks with oranges. In this collage I wanted to capture the feeling of extravagance and contemporary Paris.

I painted the background of the canvas board with warm acrylic paint in yellow ochre , next , paper scraps from Galleries Lafayette in gold flourish, then orange and red velvet fabrics, squares of hand painted paper in hot pink, orange piece of French packaging and a little snow flake in hot pink created with a little punch I bought in Asnieres. Topped off with a little perfume bottle cut-out from Lafayette advertising. I also added some gold glitter paint in areas for sparkle.










( Please see all my other collages from “30 Days of Collage” at Cottontail Art Design and Vintage)

Fresh from the Studio – Sensor Ship

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Fresh from the Studio

Sensor Ship 2 & Sensor Ship

Surface quality is very important to me and my paintings consist of many layers of paint and line making. During my process I continuously scrape, wipe and sand back layers until only a trace remains of my previous mark making.


Sensor Ship 2
Jenny Davis
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 60cm


In both paintings you can see little tears and pockets of bright grainy colour pushing through to the top layers. I wanted the ghosts of my past marks and texture to sit just below the surface, still and silent. Waiting to be discovered.


"Sensor Ship" by Jenny Davis. Acrylic painting on canvas. 120 x 90cm.


Sensor Ship
Jenny Davis
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 60cm.












My artwork on a NY Skyscraper.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Today I received an email with the details of “Creatives Rising” event in New York.
As I am in Australia I won’t be able to attend but if anyone is in the neighborhood please take a photo for me:)

Jenny Davis_Fragility_2013


Hi Jenny
Your artwork will be projected onto a massive skyscraper. It will also be viewable on flatscreen monitors in the See.Me Exhibition Space.

Your image is scheduled to be projected on the skyscraper at 7:48.

Please note, this is an approximate time. Plan to get there at least 10-15 minutes beforehand, and keep in mind that your image may not appear for up to 10-15 minutes after your allotted time.

Images will appear in alphabetical order by last name. Over the course of the event, each artist’s image will appear once on the skyscraper.

Inside the See.Me Exhibition Space, your image will be shown on the following screen:
Screen 2

The screens in the See.Me Exhibition Space will also be showing artwork in alphabetical order by last name. These screens will be on a one-hour loop (approximately).

If you are planning to join us and you haven’t yet RSVP’ed, please RSVP for the event here (this is optional and will not affect your image being projected):
If you would like to attend the event, please RSVP using the fields below on a desktop or laptop (won’t work on phones or tablets).

E-mail address:
First Name:
Last Name:
Requested # of Additional Guests:

Check out more information about the event, including directions to the projection gardens and the See.Me Exhibition Space, at

The address of the See.Me exhibition space is:
26-19 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY
11101 map >>

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Projection Event – NYC

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Latest news! In a celebration of creatives around the world this October, a selection of my artworks and photography will be included in a massive 30 story tall projection mapping event in New York City alongside a fashion show and party.

Jenny Davis- Rider across the Light

Rider across the Light

Jenny Davis Voyeurism


Rising Steps Following my recent inclusion in The Creatives Rising Exhibition in New York, another selection of my works will be chosen and be part of a globally recognized projection campaign throughout New York City, taking over these locations:

Art Locations

Gagosian Gallery
522 W 21st St

1334 York Ave

Christie’s Auction House
1230 Avenue of the Americas

1071 5th Ave

11 W 53rd St

Fashion Locations

Conde Nast
4 Times Square

Bank of America Tower
1 Bryant Park (during fashion week)

Bergdorf Goodman
754 5th Ave

724 5th Ave

LVMH Tower
(Louis Vuitton US HQ) 944 5th Ave

Music Locations

Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas

Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza

Sony Tower
550 Madison Ave

Island Def Jam
75 9th Ave

Story of the Creative Opening! New York

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Check out the wild opening of “The Story of the Creative”  exhibition at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City!

3 of my artworks included in this exhibition.

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Bunch of Dirty Books _ Jenny Davis


Jenny Davis_ Hard Place s

Hardplace _ Jenny Davis


Underground System Paris

Underground Systems Paris _ Jenny Davis


The Story of the Creative Opening!



The exhibition will be on view at our exhibition space in Long Island City, Queens, NY until September 10th.

See|Exhibition Space
26-19 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, Queens
New York, NY 11101

Monday – Friday
10am – 6pm
The Story of the Creative
July 25th – September 10th 2013












More photographs from the opening event can be found here

The Story of the Creative!

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

If you happen to be in New York City please checkout my photographs included in

“The Story of the Creative exhibition”

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The creative force is unstoppable. It is a force of humanity, of inspiration and dedication. It is universal. This summer you are invited to celebrate “The Story of the Creative.”

Please join us for the opening reception:

Thursday, July 25th
6p through 11p

The show continues through September 10th.

Complimentary Cocktails Provided by
Absolut Vodka

See.Me is proud to present a selection of our members representing over 100 different nations. This exquisite collection of work features a diverse range of mediums, styles, influences, and inspirations. The work displayed will include sculpture, works on paper in one of the most exquisite venues in New York City.

Angel Orensanz
Foundation For Contemporary Art

172 Norfolk Street, New York NY, 10002





That Mona Lisa Smile…

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

The return of the Mona Lisa to the Louvre after the nazi invasion of Paris…Ah, but, is it the real Mona Lisa ?

Source: via Linda on Pinterest

Source: via The Paris on Pinterest

Title The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda).

Artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
Object type Painting
Date between circa 1503 and circa 1505
Medium oil on panel
Dimensions Height: 77 cm (30.3 in). Width: 53 cm (20.9 in).
Current location
Louvre Museum

A few Mona Lisa links:

Speculation about Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa clues and conspiracy theories

10 (Pseudo) Scientific therories about her smile

Mona Lisa identity

Mona Lisa stolen from the Louvre

The second Mona Lisa

Moving Mona Lisa WWII