Sunday, June 6, 2010

Shot Star (and Broken Fan)

Shot Star (and Broken Fan).  Found objects, oil paint and wax medium. 26" x 18" x 4.5"

The star -- a battered decorative metal box -- and the crushed fan cage both came from an illegal dump site near my grandmother's house in La Belle, Florida.  The wooden letters were found in the ruins of the little Children's Science Center in Fort Myers.

The "clock hands" piece, I found along the interstate in Tennessee where my truck broke down in July 2008. I was exploring the roadside while waiting for the mechanic to show.

The crow is painted on aluminum salvaged from the ground around a ruined farmhouse in Hugo, Minnesota. I used that same metal to form little sleeves for the screws that hold the letters and the moon in place. I wanted to raise them off the surface, to get the effect of an old sign.

The "w" was broken and I did have others that weren't, but I chose to use it anyway, wiring it directly to the surface like a half-assed repair job.

This piece has been entered in the Advocates Show at the Maple Grove Arts Center, and will be on display there from June 7th through July 23, 2010.


  1. Hey Jen! I'd been thinking of you and how much fun we had raiding the ruins of the Childrens' Science Center. I have many more of those letters, and expect to use them in upcoming works.