Thursday, September 9, 2010
Jenny Jenkins 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
South MinneapolisTags, embroidery, 2009-2010.
After years of bemoaning the gang graffiti in my neighborhood, one day I saw an intriguing tag. It read “Puppet” in a pretty script. Or was it “Pupped?” The final letter was a strange combination of a D and a T. The inscrutability of the tagger’s intention intrigued me. I began noticing other odd tags, and soon decided to embroider them. I enjoy how the pieces aestheticize these signs of turf wars; they also embody an absurd kind of nesting activity as the furtive, speedy street markings are transformed with meticulous, tiny stitches into precious and permanent objects.