Area Code 512 by Jaelah

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62″ × 34″
house paint, tinted lacquer, map cutouts, sewing patterns, coffee, magazine cutouts, pencil, acrylic, marker, and colored pencil

This is a large painting on stretched canvas that I did for two good friends of mine. They had recently remodeled their bedroom and wanted a piece de resistance to top it all off. We talked in general about mood and colors, but they pretty much gave me free reign. The starting point for me was the Austin Telephone Directory cover from 1961 that I had found in a pile on the side of the road the week before.

512 is the area code of Austin, TX. This is an amazing city with some spectacular people in it. We all feel lucky to be living here and seeing its transformation.

​Originally from Wisconsin, Jaelah Kuehmichel has been working and creating in Austin, Texas since her return from Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso, West Africa in 2010. Her mixed media artwork celebrates play, whimsy, adventure, and beauty. Her work explores themes of identity, independence, sexuality, consumption, and risk. Working in the realm of design allows her to utilize her personal aesthetic and fine attention to detail to fulfill the functional and practical needs of her clients.

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