The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Julie Speed

Received May 13, 2012
Born 1951, Chicago; lives in Marfa

Figure 68. Julie Speed, Untitled (Birds), 2013

Gouache and collage, 32¾" × 28¼"

Courtesy of the artist

Photograph: Mary Lou Saxon

Q What led you to become an artist?

A I’ve always drawn, painted, and made things. I’ve almost always known that I would be an artist. My first and second career choices were caveman and pirate. I think I was around six or seven when I realized that wasn’t going to happen. So I settled for artist. At around age thirty I was able to begin working in the studio full-time. Before that I had to work other jobs also.

Q What led you to Marfa after many years in Austin?

A Driving west without a plan was a fairly regular mental-health fix for me. On one such trip we ended up in Marfa and happened to be sitting in the car in front of a real estate office when we noticed a man standing in the middle of the main street of town. He was officiously stopping every truck and car and carefully directing them around a dinner-plate-size tarantula that was crossing the road. So we went into the real estate office and bought a house.

Q How do you account for your fondness for nails? What makes a good nail? How have you used them in your work?

A I also collect old plumb-bobs, wrenches, and scissors. The good ones feel balanced and comforting in my hands and I find uses for the best ones in my work. It gives me an excuse to buy them. I particularly like railroad nails, which have dates embossed on their heads.

One time, while on an extended collage/junk-buying trip out west, we happened through a city where I spotted a big red-lettered sign high in the air that advertised a store called “Just Nails.” My heart started racing. My palms started sweating. I thought I’d found the hardware store of my dreams. I was out of the truck and halfway across the parking lot before I figured out that what was being advertised was not a nail store at all but a beauty parlor for fingernails.

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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
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  • Ken Little 106
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  • Jesse Lott 115
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  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
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  • 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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