Week 4: Artist Conversation:Jan Talmadge Davids

Artist: Jan Talmadge Davids

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Media: Photography

About the Artist

Jan Talmadge Davids is in her senior year at Long beach State University.  She is a ceramic major and has been doing this type of ark work  for about seven years.  When she first started attending school she was not an art major, she was a business major.  It wasnt until she returned to school when she became an art major.  She also has two kids, a daughter and a son, both are also in college.  She was married and became a single mother of two.

Formal Analysis

Jan Talmadge Davids, “To Hold A Letter To The Light” is an amazing work of art.  The art work is a what appears to look like paper hanging from a string tied on the ceiling with writing on them.  This piece of work is actually a repleca  of the inner mind.  The letters hanging are what is called underglaze and not actual paper.  Underglaze is basicly clay watered down and left to dry.  When touching the letter it is easy to notice that it is in fact some kind of clay rathr tan paper.  In some of the letters there is no writing but if  flash light is pointed at it, the writing becomes visible.

Content Analysis

Once inside the art room there is no doubt of the amazing art work.  The entire room was filled with leters hanging from the ceiling and each letter had its own writing.  Since it is a repleca of the human inner mind each letter is a thought of hers.  Some of her writing had infomation that many people would only keep to themselves.  Most of those had to be seen through th light of  flashlight since it made you go a step further it meant that it was a little more embarrasing for her to release this imformation to the public.


Jan Talmadge Davids art work was amazing.  Although at first it does not seem to be much art work once you take the time to look for the meaning of this art, it becomes clear.  This is a form of releasing what she has inside and instead of talking to someone face to face about her problems she is letting her problems go with everyone around to see.



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