Widows & Orphans: Workman's Glove

May 6 th 2011

Found glove, goldleaf, paint, photograph, wooded frames

Widows & Orphans: Workman's Glove is part of a series in which a found object is presented alongside documentation of its source. The two, image and object, are juxtaposed in two handcrafted and gold-detailed wooden frames meant to set both apart as "high art objects". Lost articles on the street always elicit a feeling of sympathy in me. They are pitiable, as objects that have no meaning, being only one of a pair, lost or discarded as useless. The glove in this work was a throwaway glove that comes in a three pack. It was recovered from the gutter, cleaned and adorned lavishly to give the object, so useless before, a new and higher purpose than ever originally intended.

Topics: Arts

A mixed media, mixed discipline artist, Jenn Romaniszak's work strives at once to be a memorial to the mundane and a resurrection of old ideas. Caring little for innovation, but with a reverence and nostalgia for "the past", Romaniszak re-presents familiar objects, ideas, and processes in new ways to make the audience see the importance and distinction she does. In a subtle-way, the work is an attempt to "reverse engineer" an exchange, to recreate the artist's personal experience with an object in a way understated enough to potentially lead the audience in a completely different direction based on their own experiences. The result of a piece's "work" on the viewer is inessential, but that it did some "work" at all, is vitally important. Romaniszak creates as if a piece's ability to draw something from the viewer gives the work inherent value. It is an approach dependent on the honesty and genuine emotional investment of the artist in works and their materials and processes. Not a sentimental manipulation, but a quiet and frantic plea to remember something small, to see a detail.