JON COFFELT
artist statement
People have such strong memories associated with certain clothing. They keep them for a reason. I'm taking a memory and making it more precious to them. I stand back in this process and let people tell me their stories. Their stories are just as important to them as mine are to me. This work is experiential in it's very nature. I produce miniature clothes as an intimate homage to acquaintances, and friends. Each surrendered garment becomes a miniature portrait of the individual it represents. All are hand-sewn. I use as much of the original seams and hems to keep as much of the integrity of the original as I possibly can. These pieces become precious in a way that may not have been previously conveyed. Through miniaturization, the originals are transformed in a way that lends a positive experience to the person who surrenders the garment, keeping intact the memory of each piece while allowing the viewer to explore the reasons and ideas of transitions in time and place.


NPR WWNO, New Orleans
11/24/2014 @ 1:00PM
11/26/2014 @ 11:15AM
Coffelt: Cosmos Transition
Cosmos: An interview with Diane Mack
http://wwno.org/post/inside-arts-nea-cha
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Forbes
10/13/2012 @ 1:18PM
The Artist Who Wanted to Paint the Highway -Haydn Shaughnessy
http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughn
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Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Coffelt
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It's not my conscious mind at work here, it's my unconscious," Coffelt explained. "I lose myself in the process. I'm usually not aware of what I'm doing. I just feels right at the time."

"What I'm dealing with is space and proportion, and the idea of pulling a person inside of that," Coffelt said. "It's about meditation. I hope that people may get a picture of feeling, of being more centered. When I use bright, contrasting colors, I opt that people will find them soothing, very peaceful, very contemplative."