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Jim Arendt
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

My art is about labor. I remember my father sitting at the sewing machine patching his Wranglers in the evening after work. He was making do: A concept of thrift and pragmatism that dictates you work with the materials at hand. That memory mixed with the stories of other working people and led me to denim as a possible material. The inherent qualities of denim make it a good choice. It is a universal fabric born in the dust of the cotton field, made supple by the sweat of garment workers, and embedded with the fading of second shift evenings.

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