The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Janet L. Waldrop

Received July 21, 2012
Born 1954, Longview; lives in Flint, Texas

Figure 74. Janet L. Waldrop, My Special Place, 2014

Necklace with 4 scenery cameos, buckle, Austrian gold wash pin,
pearls, charm bracelet, 6" × 12"

Courtesy of the artist

Photograph: C. R. Waldrop

Q When does jewelry become art?

A When it is an expression of your personality.

Q Do you distinguish between art and craft? Explain.

A Art comes from your soul and without words connects you to others. It is about expression, not the technique. Craft can be translated into instructions for others to create.

Q What kinds of found elements go into your jewelry? What’s the most unusual material you’ve used?

A Anything old—the older the better. Favorite: anything that does not have to do with jewelry. Strangest: dentures or bridges.

Q What in your childhood might have predicted the artistic direction you took in life?

A I always tried to fit in and finally realized I don’t. I have made my own world that is Me. School days were frustrating because math/science had an end and correct answer. Art does not. The motivation to go to school each day was art class and discovering new media to work in— creating my way.

Q How do you pair a certain piece or set of jewelry with the antique photo on which you mount it? Why did you zero in on the antique photo portrait?

A After making a design I match photo with piece that creates a story that I write on the back. The photos are around the same era or time period that the original pieces found come from. Just imagine: they may have been part of that very person’s life.

Q Do you feel a kinship or connection to the anonymous jewelers whose now-antique jewelry you may incorporate into your own?

A Not the jewelers as much as the people in the photos.

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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
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • 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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