The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

By Robert Craig Bunch | Go to book overview

Joy Jenkins

Received February 2, 2013
Born 1958, Brownwood; lives in Chico

Figure 39. Joy Jenkins, Untitled (Shell art), n.d.

Oyster shells, mirror, reflection

Courtesy of the artist

Photograph: Jur van der Oord, Artist / Designer

Q Whence comes your taste for baroque profusion?

A One definition for art is the human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. I believe that in all of us is the ability to create art, and that we all do it in different forms. In the year 2013 there is not much under the sun that has not already been done, and some of the most beautiful art and design that I have seen from the baroque period and before could never be outdone. It is my inspiration because [artists then] had less to work with and could create magnificent art that had to come from the spark within. I get really passionate thinking about it, then I think to myself that the greatest thing on earth you can receive inspiration from is nature; and I assume, at that time in history, that the landscape had to be fantastic: the trees, wild birds, streams—so much to draw inspiration from. They did then what we can only dream of now, and no matter how we as humans try again and again to recreate what nature has done, we cannot. I have a book written about shells in the 1800s and the same is true: by the time we receive the information it has changed.

Real creativity comes from deep within yourself; the art that really impresses you with that feeling of awe is created from the depths of your soul; it is how you see something through your own eyes, not through the eyes of others. If you are going to do something, do it with all your might. I have been told over and over, you could make so much money if you would make lots and lots of smaller pieces and do mass production. Yes, you can, but where is the creativity in doing that? It was always my answer that I receive so much gratification when I encounter the people again who have purchased my art and they are still happy, and want another piece.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
  • Marilyn Lanfear 101
  • Lance Letscher 104
  • Ken Little 106
  • Bert L. Long Jr 111
  • Jesse Lott 115
  • Edward Lane McCartney 117
  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
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  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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