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recycled art     salvaged art    organic sculpture   saltspring island
New Art from Old Materials

A group show of new work by ten artists
working with recycled, found, salvaged and reworked materials.
Organised by Jane Mackenzie and Jocelyn Ferguson.
ArtSpring Gallery, Saltspring Island, BC
October 7 - 20, 2007

Jane MacKenzie                         Peter McFarlane
Janine Duns                               Stefanie Denz       
Jocelyn Ferguson                      Suzanna Kong
Juergen Raeuber                      Rachel Vadeboncoeur
Karolle Wall                                Diana Lynn Thompson
Jane MacKenzie
Jocelyn Ferguson B.F.A.

Comfort & Grace

    Comfort and Grace, which Jocelyn produced for Salvaged, includes found objects imbued with personal meaning.
In essence, this work is about the challenges of integrating religion into everyday life. By subverting the conventions of home decorating – hanging artworks and placing furniture – Jocelyn creates meaning in subtle and overt ways. She asserts that what surrounds you in your home nourishes and plays a part in completing your sense
of who you are.


Janine Duns

My Community Under Construction (Industrial Quilt)

artist's statement
Susanna Kong
Stefanie Denz
Juergen Raeuber
Karolle Wall
Peter McFarlane
Diana Lynn Thompson
Rachel Vadeboncoeur
In 2007 I was consumed with the process of  "picking up the pieces" after our house fire. My work for this show was inspired by  salvaging what was left of our home, repairing and reworking each damaged item until it became whole again.

In the larger context of of this island community,  I wanted to take the ugly, worn, unwanted and damaged flotsam (a.k.a. trash) that has been discarded, and put it into some kind of order.

The ordering, cleaning and preserving of this, the arrangement and the intensity of the observation, creates a kind of beauty.

photos on this page are by Karolle Wall, Jane MacKenzie, Jillian Ridington. Shari Macdonald and D.L.Thompson
I am interested in rearranging space so that we see it in a new way
though it is basically
still the same place.

For instance taking a dresser removing the drawers and top
and putting it on it's side
to make it architecture,
something it's been all along.
"Little Political"
detail of "Little Political"
detail of "Breadwinners"
"she told me"
NK9 06 07

   NK90607  is a tribute to a 25 ft trimaran that broke into pieces on the shores of Galiano Island during a brutal summer storm, July 9th, 2007. 
The  photos are printed on sails salvaged from the beach. The mast, boom, 
“hull,” bright work, books, rags, cleats,
are what remains of  nearly forty years
of life at sea.
NK9 06 07 (detail of sewn photoprinted  sail)
NK9 06 07 (detail of installation)
Hans Christian Andersen's
Mother's Dress

I was inspired to create this dress
when I read this quote:

"Once a year his mother would go with them
to the woods. She would  wear the brown dress with the flower pattern, which was the only nice dress she owned. She had that dress all the years that Hans  Christian lived
at home in Odense, wearing it only on her annual  excursion to the woods or when she went to church to receive communion."

            Hans Christian Anderson: His Fairy Tale Life

The dress form with dress sat on a map of Odense, Denmark (actually  of Paris but relabeled Odense), Hans Christian Andersen's birth place, with a church-like birdhouse at the foot of the dress, 
through which the soundtrack was heard.  The train on the dress was tattered and disintegrated into the forest debris of sticks and leaves.

I work with all kinds of textiles and collect thrift store finds, and this dress was an opportunity to use pieces from my collection. I was intrigued with Anne Marie Andersdatter's  (Hans Christian's mother) choice to wear the same dress to both church and the  forest, as if for her the spiritual resided in both places. I tried  to make the dress embody both the structure
of the church and the wildness of the forest.  There are many hours of women's handwork in these doilies/ needlepoint and in motherhood, and both are often  unrecognized - this dress honoured these tasks which are imbued with much love
and care.


Hand sewn, uncut found doilies and needlepoint. Found map and  birdhouse, forest debris. Soundtrack under the dress is of footsteps in the forest, birds singing, 
church bells ringing, all layered with the "Singing Nun" singing Dominique.

Rachel combines scavenged found glass of various textures and hues with scraps of copper mesh, wire, strapping and chain. She fuses, slumps and melts her glass as well as using traditional stained glass techniques, creating passionate works out of everything from broken beer steins to medicine bottles.
I believe “waste” and “garbage” is really just a lack of imagination and this belief carries beyond the boundaries of my art production, permeating most aspects of my life. I’ve always had a natural disdain for waste, and since no object is beyond artistic merit, meaning and metaphor, why throw it out? The materials of my work are connected intrinsically to my ideas, be they tailored beyond recognition or left as found, each resurrects an object to an idea specific to the material and the meaning inherent in its use. Its history, from the manufacture to the dumpster embellishes its contexts and the possibilities I have to manipulate them.
by Hjordrs Varner and Lillian Brogger