Edward T. Jenkins
One way I alert people to the corruption and financial imbalance in the world is by making art. I hammer, drill, glue, and paint. Then I attach recycled, broken, or discarded objects to large panels. Inventing and improvising, I keep adding whatever I need until the piece is complete. Landscape and construction skills gained over many years help me build art that is dimensional and boldly confronts issues of greed, injustice, and damage to the earth.
When I was 14, my father died. I had to work nights to help my family. Eventually, I quit school and went into the Army. After military service, the only work I could find was as a florist deliveryman. My creative career began when I was promoted to florist. I could make any object from flowers. During recovery from an accident, I also taught myself to paint with oils. Later, I was a landscaper, among the first to use color for overall effect. Then, I became a builder of energy efficient homes. One day in the early 90’s, I heard that a CEO was fired and given a $25 million golden parachute. Suddenly I realized how corruption and money rule the world. Everything changed gradually. Years later, I sold my business, retired, and moved to NYC. There, I was even more aware of the way people are manipulated. In response, I became a full-time self-taught artist. My 3-D panels promote a message of empathy, fairness, and equality.