Jim Arendt's avatar Jim Arendt

Denim was created to be abused, worn out, patched, stained, and burnt through with hot sparks. Its characteristics are mirrored in the people I choose to represent. Jeans remain supple, and with the right pair of boots can still go to the ball. I like that. These pieces, part of a series called "Those of Us Still Living", casts the people I know best into the center of my work. I am recreating my family, not as they were or are, but as I know them to be. Our lives, separated by years and distance, remain entangled around the land we worked and called home. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes I grew up in, my work investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. These pieces are created entirely out of jeans donated to the artist.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Cut Denim
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 69 inches