Digital revision, 2020
300 dpi jpg
Original artwork: Large format black and white photo collage on four paper panels
Laser print, dry adhesive, wood dowels
Each panel 3'w x 7'h
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Dominique cites music as a big part of her creative process. She says, "Music has always played an important role in my life as well as my art and music is with me when I create. During my process, I often listen to jazz, blues and world music; I find that they are great companions to visual art making!"
While walking with a group of youth artists in the Crenshaw neighborhood during a workshop for a Metro project, we explored the unique aesthetics of the neighborhood around Leimert Park. On the boulevard, we encountered an old weathered piano sitting outside of a beauty salon! We were all amazed by its presence and its untold story, and why this community would treasure an object that is so weathered and worn.
I was inspired by this encounter and, as an assemblage artist, I used the photos that were taken to create this collage. In search of the piano after the artwork was done in hopes of using the piano for an installation, I found the piano gone! The salon owner said that it was there before their business and they had welcomed its presence until one day it was no longer there.
How we culturally value the objects that seem to no longer have a use or value is of interest to me. I think it is the value of its story that is untold and how our imaginations can read its history and tell those stories in ways that are visible. Music has always played an important role in my life as well as in my art, and music is with me when I create. During my process, I often listen to Jazz, Blues and World music. I find that they are great companions to visual art making!
I recently wrote this poem based on my story about the encounter, but it was longer and would not fit within the spaces of the piece. So I took just the most essential and descriptive words to describe my experience. In a sense, I collage words in the same way that I collage images or assemble objects.
WALKABOUT LA STREETS
I SEEK, I SEE
I HEAR, I LISTEN
I FEEL, I FIND BEAUTY
- Dominique Moody, 2020
The original collage has areas of diffused imagery or shadows. I found digital images of a very distressed and water damaged book of sheet music to use as a translucent background for the text for contrast and depth. The torn edges were enhanced with shadow and the text typeset font was warped into the space.
The original Junk Piano collage was only exhibited once at the Moreno Kiang Gallery in 2012 located in Downtown L.A.
Dominique Moody was born in 1956 in Augsburg, Germany. A self-described nomad whose family moved frequently due to her father’s military service, her early life was marked by a fascination with collecting discarded objects. As a child growing up in Pennsylvania, she proved herself adept at illustration, graduating from high school at 15 before enrolling at the Pratt Institute in New York. After completing a year at Pratt, she continued her training at UC Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1991. At the age of 28, Moody was pronounced legally blind due to genetic macular degeneration. Her work shifted from two-dimensional illustration to three-dimensional sculpture.
Over the last few decades, Moody has established a rigorous collage and assemblage practice, often using discarded and found objects, narrative and text to address trenchant questions around ideas of identity, memory and place.
Moody’s work has been exhibited at institutions worldwide, including several solo exhibitions at the Watts Towers Arts Center, Los Angeles (2011), the Craft Contemporary Museum, Los Angeles (2006), and Project Row Houses, Houston (2004). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at the California African American Museum (2020), Xavier University, New Orleans (2017), and the International Assemblage Artist Exhibition, Berlin (2006).