Wk4 – Artist Conversation –Jan Talmadge Davids


Artist: Jan Talmadge Davids
Exhibition: To Hold A Letter To The Light
Media: Paperclay porcelain slip, underglaze, string
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: None
Instagram: None

Jan Talmadge Davids is an undergraduate student at California State University Long Beach. She is studying to get her bachelors in ceramics. She was married and has two kids that are grown up already. Since she had class I was unable to get a proper interview, but she had a friend to fill in for her. Jan Talmadge Davids also had a written statement prepared for this occasion. She does not have an Instagram and website.

Jan Talmadge Davids’s art piece contains letters outside an envelope and letters in an envelope hanged from the ceiling using string and paperclip. The letters are made out of paperclay and looks thicker than regular paper. For the letters that are in the envelope you will need a flash light in order to read what is inside.

These letter contain her private thoughts, perception, life, journey, and experience.  This art piece is more of an autobiography. When she was growing up there was a lot of secret in her family, so this art piece  reveals her thoughts, leaving no secrets. Her art is basically unfinished since she keeps adding more letters of her thoughts over the time. Her art piece will keep growing.

When I first saw this art piece I was amazed because she had a whole gallery just for her art work. I immediately knew that I wanted to talk about her art work. Once I walked inside the gallery I felt as if I was walking through her mind while reading her thoughts. When I first saw the letter I thought the material of the letter was paper that had aged over time because the color was not white and it had a lot of wrinkles. Then I read her statement and she said they were made out of paperclay which makes more sense since the paper was thicker than printing paper. I would have loved to meet the artist in person and talk a little more about this art piece and any future art pieces.


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