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Artist of the Week: JaniceMarie Rochford

Janice Marie veiled rat

The Veiled Rat ATC by JaniceMarie Rochford, mixed media, 2.5″ x 3.5″.

Nearly all of my Artist of the Week features are work I found while at events in Chicago.  This is one instance where art came to me in the mail.  I received an ATC and two prints in the mail by JaniceMarie Rochford of the Fripperee blog.  I don’t think all art should be aesthetic or comfortable, and the print below definitely pushed my 1980s nuclear phobia buttons.  She sent a short artist statement with the work.

Janice Marie Sunday

Everyday is like Sunday by JaniceMarie Rochford, relief print on Nepalese hand-made paper, 2.25″ x 4.25″.

“Trudging slowly over wet sand, back to the bench where your clothes were stolen.”

Morrisey’s Everyday is Like Sunday was inspired by a novel set in my own town of Melbourne as a group of people wait out a Nuclear Apocalypse in a beachside location.  To me this has always been the bathing boxes at Brighton beach.

I imagine them here, bleached of colour as the shockwave hits.  It’s the absence of the person mentioned in the first line of the song that evokes the lonliness of the end of the world.

Has our hero turned his back at just the wrong (right) moment?

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