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American Graffiti Revisited - Graffiti Train

Jennifer O'Meara's avatar Jennifer O'Meara

Jennifer OMeara is known for her abstracted treatments of rural America, particularly barns. Her entry into ArtPrize in 2013 featured a large red barn with a train that had worn, textured, and graffiti-adorned boxcars which passed behind the barn unassumingly. This year, the previously passive train has become the featured subject. The artist’s commentary on this subject is one that presents the train cars in a frontal flattened perspective, focusing the viewer’s attention on primary color, form and negative space which turns the train cars themselves into abstract objects. The box cars tell a story of millions of miles travelled with their man-made marks, worn textures, rusting surfaces, and road weary battle scars all of which becomes “graffiti" in itself. These great rolling billboards of color and surprising beauty seem to be in perpetual motion and carry stories both real and imagined of their journey crisscrossing the U.S.A.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3"
  • Medium: Mixed media pigment print photos with encaustic medium and pigment powder on board.
  • Width: 60 feet
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 4 feet