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"Seconds" by Janelle Gramling

Light Grey Art Lab

"Seconds" by Janelle Gramling

$ 1.00


Bower Bird was a postcard project celebrating the art of collecting, curating, and personal artifacts. Each of the 90 contributing artists created a limited edition series of postcards with subjects ranging from historical memorabilia, house plants, fossils and bones, national park attire, ancient books, and more. These objects may not have monetary value, but a rich history of our lives, interests, and personal influences- the collection is a modern day cabinet of curiosities. 


Janelle Gramling

Limited Edition Postcard: 
8.5"x 5.5" in.
Original is a photograph

About this collection:

"I collect a lot of weird things, but the thing I have amassed the most of is my own unfinished work. This image is a photograph of an arrangement of porcelain and stoneware beads, sculptures, and dishes made during my first three years of teaching myself ceramics. Basically, I dumped out a box of all of my experiments, failures, orphaned parts, and abandoned projects and began meditatively arranging them. There are over one-thousand items and I couldn't even use them all for this photograph. You have to learn so much to become a ceramicist. Being self-taught makes the learning journey even longer of course. You just don't know how ugly a glaze is, or how much a plate is going to warp, or how a bead hole might close up until it comes out of the kiln. So this huge mass of work represents the strides I've taken, and illustrates my whole method of working as an artist. Its all about DOING again and again, repeatedly failing at something that I love, because it's my path to mastery. I collect these artifacts as a testament to how hard I've worked as well as how much I love what I do. Sometimes I guess us artists can suffer from feeling a lack of validation. This hard-earned arsenal of cast-offs does that for me, somehow."


Purchasing Limited Edition Works:

The postcards will be poly bagged and shipped in a rigid flat mailer. For national orders, you can expect your purchased print(s) within 14 days of purchase, while international shipping may vary. We fill all orders on Saturdays and Sundays. If you have questions about your order, are purchase multiple pieces, or would like to inquire about special request, please send us a note to We would be happy to help!

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