Photos of the week: artist Jan Quinn’s Abolitionist Flag at Recycle Santa Fe

Last weekend we went to the 15th annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival. We encountered Truchas artist Jan Quinn. Her Abolutionist Flag, painted on wood drew us into her booth.

Artist Jan Quinn's Abolitionist Flag, photo/ Steve Collins

Artist Jan Quinn’s Abolitionist Flag, photo/Steve Collins

The stripes are filled with writing for a letter from a former slave that Quinn found at the Library of Congress. She made a copy, enlarged it and had it printed with archival ink on vellum. (You can see a photo of the  page at the bottom of the post.)

Stripe detail from Jan Quinn's, Abolitionist Flag, photo/Steve Collins

Stripe detail from Jan Quinn’s, Abolitionist Flag, photo/Steve Collins

She then added it to the recycled wood she painted and aged. “The blue area (canton) is from an old advertising Aluminum polish can I scanned and printed with archival inks and collaged over a painted background,” the artist writes. The “Stop” in the center is from on old hand-held school crossing sign from the 50’s which she scanned.

Stars detail fromJan Quinn's Abolitionist Flag, photo/Steve Collins

Stars detail from Jan Quinn’s Abolitionist Flag, photo/Steve Collins

If you love this, she may still have it to sell to you. It was hanging in the booth when we left. The gallery, on the High Road to Taos is open by appointment only; call  (505) 689-1114. You can view Quinn’s work on her blog.

The document that inspired Jan Quinn’s Abolitionist Flag:

The letter that Jan Quinnused for her Abolitionist Flag provenance, photo/ John Yohman

The letter that Jan Quinnused for her Abolitionist Flag provenance, photo/ John Yohman

Read more about the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival: trash to treasure
Santa Fe Art: Julie Anderson recyles trash into treasures

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