ARTIST STATEMENT: My ephemerally based work exists far from the art world’s fashionable mainstream. In fact, it isn't even a tributary! In technicolor and with a laugh track, it addresses our impermanence and the long afterlife of our prejudices and foibles. It looks at the origin and perpetuation of stereotypes in pop culture and marvels at the reduction of human experience into a mere 140 characters or less.
The Man With the Lord'sPrayer on his Chest 2016 Found photo, found ephemera, acrylics, photo dyes, marker, on paper 8x6 Tattooed 1920's man with a 1900's print of the Lord's player. Amen already!
WHAT THE MIRROR SAW 1867-1941 2016 Found mirror, found b&w photos, acrylics, photo dyes 32x20 Found broken mirror, mirror glass, black and white found photos blown up, colored and cut out. A reflection of our times: race, sexual identity, religion, economic inequality.
Michaela Booked 1949 2015 Acrylic, found b&w photo, photo dyes, paint pen, paper on board 7x5 Mug shot of a transvestite.
Broken Clock in Real Time 2015 Acrylic, found b&w photos, found 1930's alarm clock with racist image, found brass pendulum (12 inches in fixed position) image, 24x18 plus 12 inch pendulum Part of quote from Martin Luther King
Museum Nude (Female) 2015 Acrylic, found b&w photo, photo dyes, pen on wood 8x6 Vintage nude hand-colored on painted background.
Girtrude (Sic) Torn and Reformed (Texas 2015 Found b&w photo booth photo, ink, photo dyes, paint pen, paper on canvas board. 7x5 Found pieces of aa b&w photo booth photo was reformed, blown up and painted on. The identity written in ink on the back of the photo was photocopied and added to the painted collage. (Girtrude Sm
Swamp Wrestlers (Or Locker Room Talk) 2016 Found photos, photo dyes, acrylic, paper 10x8 Body shaming, locker room talk, and macho man in nature (a swamp)
Aida in the 42nd Street Photobooth Acry;lic, found b&w photo, oils on stretched canvas 20x16 Shown in "35 Artists of North America" curated by Thomas Krens, ex head of the Guggenheim.
The Man with Jesus on His Chest 2015 Acrylic, found photo, photo dyes, marker on wood 7x5 Man with crude tattoo of Jesus.
A Man Who Was Scratched 2015 Acrylic, found tintype, found photo, photo dyes, pen, pencil, paper on wood 8x6 Part of my new Wabi-Sabi series. See peterjketchum.com
Pensees 2015 acrylic, found photo, paper, photo dyes, paint pen on encaustic board 5x7
Postcards From Our Fathesr and Their Fathers Before Them Acrylic, found postcards, marker, pen on stretched canvas 48x36 Exploration of historical sexism through found ephemera dating from the 1890's (French nudes) through the late 1940's. Found postcards, blown up, colored, and cut out. Acrylic. Small black a
What Remains of Hazel 2015 Acrylic, found photo, photo dyes, pen, paper on encaustic board 7x5 Part of my Wabi-Sabi series. see www.peterjketchum.com
NOPE 2016 Paper, inkjet 11x14 Takeoff on the Obama poster but with...
The Parson's Family in Which the Church Looms Large 1986 Acrylic, found photo on stretched canvas. 24x20 First picture done in my found-photos-married-to-painted-backgrounds series. Church was painted in Canada while on vacation.
Museum Nude (Male) #2 2015 Acrylic, found photo, photo dyes, marker on wood 8x6 1890's b&w male nude, hand-colored on painted background.
Snuff Grannie Just After the War (Civil) 2015 Acrylic, found tintype, found photo, photo dyes, pen, pencil, paper on wood 7x5 Daugeretype with portions of a period snuff label on simulated tin.
Strike on Rear (Matchbook) 2015 Acrylic, paint pen, marker, paper on wood 8x6 From adapted series of matchbook covers.
The Adoration of Sister Margaret Mary of Brooklyn Acrylics, found b&w photos on canvas 36x40 Tableau vivant in the privacy of the cardinal's chapel.
BOOM!!!! Acrylic, photo dyes, found black and white photo 30x20 From a cabinet card found in Washington state. Black and white figure blown up, cut out (Exacto knife), and painted on. The mounted on a painted background.