"Ducks in a Row #1"
©Jean Ferro

MEDIUM: Polaroid SX70, archival inkjet print
VALUE: $600.00
OPENING BID: $100.00
SIZE: image 3 1/16" x 13 1/2" on 9" x 19" watercolor paper
9" x 19 3/4" white/museum 4-ply archival matte

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ARTIST'S NOTE: In 1996 when I was preparing my exhibition "Global Liberty" for the Bridge Gallery at Los Angeles City Hall, I met with G. Ray Hawkins, my dealer, to go over the idea and plans for the exhibition. He offered a few good suggestions and then said, "Jeanne, get your ducks-in-a-row." There was something in his statement that caught my attention. I came home and immediately photographed a yellow duck Beanie Baby against a blue background using my Spectra Polaroid camera. It was just a way to capture the feeling to remind me to elaborate on the image in the future. For "Focus on Aids 2002" I created my first series of "ducks-in-a-row" Polaroids #1, a series of four SX-70 Polaroids, framed together.

The image in the ALS auction is an archival inkjet reproduction of the same Polaroid series #1 that sold for $1250 at the "Focus on Aids 2002" auction, Beverly Hills, CA. It is the first in the series of direct reproductions scanned from the original SX70 Polaroids and is produced on the Epson 2000P printer with archival inks and papers. Its longevity is estimated to be 100-200 years. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Photo artist Jean Ferro began her career in the visual arts in Hollywood in the 1970s, shooting personalities, while building a classic library of self-portraits. Throughout the '80s, Ferro's fine art self-portraits (1974-present) received international recognition from magazines such as ZOOM magazine and French Photo, along with US national TV magazine shows for CBS and ABC TV networks. The 1989 Women In Photography New Photographers Lecture Series presented "Jean Ferro's Eye To Eye, the Art of Self-Portraiture." In 1990, Ferro's "Statue of Liberty" project marked her transition from fifteen years of traditional photography into "Photo Art," mixing various media. A 1992/93 City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs award enabled Ferro to create "Through Our Own Eyes, Self Portraits by People Without Homes," a compelling 30-minute photo/video documentary of Los Angeles' homeless community. In 1996, "Global Liberty," her photo-based mixed media work using international newspapers from 42 countries, was exhibited at the Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles City Hall.

Ferro has also been commissioned by Paramount Studios, Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Capitol Records, and DreamWorks, SKG. Editorial clients include Los Angeles Magazine, Southern Calif. Edison, Pacific Bell and others. Her journalistic style of movement and spontaneity is evident in Los Angeles, City of Dreams by Tower Publishing, 1999. In April 2000, Jean became President of Women In Photography International.

Contact Jean through her website: www.JeanFerro.com

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