From Jen Staggs - Here is a Wee Boekie

Jen asked me a VERY difficult question last year.  That was to write to her about the processes I use in my work.  My  reward – this boekie. And a Key. 

A key to unlock Jen’s block.  The very kind note reads “Dear Cheryl, Here is a wee boekie you inspired me to make – the quotes are from your letter about your processes.  Thank you for helping me out of my artist’s block”.  

This beauty is very recognizable to me as Jen’s work – a wonderful thing for me to see – a consistency that becomes recognizable as belonging to a particular artist.  Their own visual aesthetic translated into numerous forms.  

It stuff we all know.   Sometimes we just forget.  A reminder can bring on these wonderful bouts of creativity. Rewritten 1940's history. A palimpsest. Jen's 2011 process imposed on B Wilson's tabulations. Under Western eyes, so accustomed to viewing things best left to the imagination Jen poses her own stamp of censorship. 

Isolation. The juxtaposition of images and text offer a good deal of freedom of association.  There are paths of connection, but no discernible direction.   This isolation of pages from a its original journal? The reframing of discarded material in the creation of a new artifact - FAB :-)

Yes Jen, I SEE you too :-) - for more of these FABS, I'll write more letters!!! Thank you.

 

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 20, 2011 at 2:52am
I wish. By chance I have a piece by Jen and two by Austin - you know Austin. But geographic clusters, they definitely happen, don't they?
Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 20, 2011 at 1:52am
This is a FANTASTIC piece by Jen. I was FINALLY going to blog something she sent me tonight - not the same one - but I feel like I got scooped here and need to wait. Hm... who would be another great Texas mail-artist? Seriously, excellent Jen.
Comment by Jen Staggs on April 20, 2011 at 12:55am
Cheryl's work always inspires me to look deeper, to notice objects, strings, tufts of life that are sneaky.  Her words and creations are too in-depth for one or two readings.  I have to revisit her again and again.  This boekie is what happened!  Thanks to all for the kind words and to Cheryl for helping to unlock my brain!
Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 19, 2011 at 10:58pm
cp-sa - nice piece. jen's work is always stagg-ering.
Comment by cheryl penn on April 19, 2011 at 10:26pm
Hello :-) - like a gathering of girl-friends :-) Its a great piece.
Comment by Karen Champlin on April 19, 2011 at 10:23pm
Great work Jen!
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on April 19, 2011 at 9:05pm
What a creative ensemble using vintage pages, some rice paper/vellum, and stampings, etc. 'Can only image how wonderful it is to the touch as you turn the pages. Beautiful work, Jen. Beautiful blog, Cheryl...you both inspire!
Comment by Lesley Magwood Fraser on April 19, 2011 at 8:16pm
Jen what a fabulous boekie! Wonderful work.
Comment by Imelda Wubben on April 19, 2011 at 7:03pm
This is a lovley reward for sharing your thoughts of process.

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