This series was conceived as a reaction to the aftermath of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami occurring in Japan in 2011. After years of working in digital media, Janssen had just finished the first of her “sewn paintings.” The piles of leftover patent leather on the floor resembled miniature versions of devastation. As with the physical material, to which the artist had eventually returned to, Janssen felt herself at a distance from the damage in Japan. The meditative act of stitching together waste material mirrored, at least figuratively, the task of rebuilding whole villages and cities. In “Untitled (Disaster I),” which depicts the debris after an earthquake, leather and filling is used as an act of care, to soften the surface and the damage.
Artificial Leather, Filler
263/4 × 15/8 × 235/8 IN