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Laura Chenault writes about art and her life in Southern New Jersey. She enjoys exploring and hanging out at home with her husband and two cats.

Consume: Random Journal Page 168

Consume: Random Journal Page 168 by Laura Chenault is a half of a print that is a linocut of a mouth superinmposed with letterpress words: consume & eat. The right half is vellum paper over a black and white image of an upset baby.

Another random spread from one of my many sketchbooks. The left side is an offcut from a letterpress class I took. Someday I hope to own my own press.

Scream: Random Journal Page 166

Scream: Random Journal Page 166 by Laura Chenault has a brick background across both pages. a blurry photo of a man with blod hair and wearing sunglasses on both sides. His head is rightside up on the left side and upside down on the right side. 3 squares of with fragmented text go across the bottom of the spread.

This week's spread from one of my journals.

I lied to you

When you asked me how I've been. I lied. I said I was fine, but it's not really true.

You Do: Random Journal Page 165

You Do: Random Journal Page 165 by Laura Chenault is a collage with a strip of green and blue across the bottom. In the left corner there is a white square with the words "you do" and across the middle and right is some upsidedown distressed vowels.

Another random spread from one of my many sketchbooks.

Flare: Random Journal Page 164

Flare: Random Journal Page 164 by Laura Chenault. On the left side of this weeks collage is a wrapper from a roll of Polaroid film. On the right an empty frame and a dark Polaroid are on a pale blue background.

I was raised on Polaroid and I always and forever love the whirr of the motor, the image shooting out, and developing immediately. Well in a minute or so. Another week, another spread from my sketchbooks.

DDD: Random Journal Page 163

DDD: Random Journal Page 163 by Laura Chenault. This sketchbook spread has a white perforated left side with some of the holes punched out to reveal a map underneath. The white side is a blue and gray with deteriorating transfer letters "ddd" and "uuu" in white ink.

Another random page from one of my sketchbooks.

Inspired by Sally Nixon

This drawing by Sally Nixon features a girl in black underpants putting on black tights. Clothes are strewn about the floor and she's next to a bed with a red quilt.

Sally Nixon draws women and the spaces that they live in. Woman that look like my friends doing normal everyday things. Her diverse woman are watching TV, taking showers, eating chips. Her rooms look as if they someone has just walked out of frame and left their jeans, their dog, and Dolly Parton on the record player. Definitely click over to her site to see them all!

Views: Random Journal Page 162

Views: Random Journal Page 162 is a collage wtih a torn building and a found poem in a tall column on the right-hand side.

For the second week in a row, here's another, rare for me, true dada poem from one of my sketchbooks. The full poem is below.

Exploring the Sculpture Garden at Recology

A photo of a Recology sculpture garden art by Laura Chenault. This scupture is a bunch of dirty platic bottles strung onto a frame that forms a tree shape.

This is my second visit to Recology SF; AKA the San Francisco dump. San Francisco has a massive recycling program that includes compost. Recology is where the sorting happens. In addition to having educational programs about recycling and waste management, they have supported an artist in residence program since 1990. Here are a few pieces that caught my eye.

Rooftop: Random Journal Page 160

Rooftop: Random Journal Page 160 is a collage with two headless figures in choir robes holding their hands up. To their left and right are random cut up words and phrases.

This week's spread from one of my journals was created in true dada style; the only intervention to fit the space completely. 

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