Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jenny Jenkins [92]

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.

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