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November 28, 2012 2:13 PM   Subscribe

Nineteen year old Jade Phillips creates images of foxes by marking up pages from old text books and re-assembling them. More of her work is available on Flickr and her own blog.
posted by MartinWisse (21 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
Damn, these are good.
posted by brain_drain at 2:26 PM on November 28, 2012


Ahh so this is what is meant by 'foxing' of old texts.
posted by Mister_A at 2:44 PM on November 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


In other hidden image news, 'Pac-Man' spotted on Saturn's moons.

The Pac-Man nonsense overshadows the real story about Mimas: that's no moon, it's a ... no, wait a minute. It's a moon.
posted by mazola at 2:50 PM on November 28, 2012


Super cool!
posted by thelastcamel at 2:50 PM on November 28, 2012


Gorgeous
posted by mcstayinskool at 2:54 PM on November 28, 2012


Oh wow, I love these. Cool post.
posted by jamesonandwater at 3:10 PM on November 28, 2012


There is something very totemic about images of foxes to me. Perhaps because I am Chinese and I was brought up with the notion of Fox Spirits. So there is this feeling of dread - and otherworldliness, mischief, and seduction when I see foxes in art work.

Great looking stuff.
posted by helmutdog at 3:22 PM on November 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


I love these, thanks for posting.
posted by arcticseal at 3:29 PM on November 28, 2012


Neat but...why must textbooks be destroyed to make them?
posted by DU at 3:29 PM on November 28, 2012


Why not? Is there a shortage of old textbooks?

These are great. Thanks !
posted by rtha at 3:32 PM on November 28, 2012


these are awesome!


Neat but...why must textbooks be destroyed to make them?


Someone always says this about art made from books.
posted by sweetkid at 3:40 PM on November 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was all ready to be like "get your twee bullcrap offa my feed"

Then I clicked and was like "holy awesome!"
posted by poe at 3:47 PM on November 28, 2012


Neat but...why must textbooks be destroyed to make them?

You know they go out of date and become obsolete, right? She's recycling.
posted by mudpuppie at 3:54 PM on November 28, 2012 [6 favorites]


Very nice! I have only seen foxes in the wild a few times. The first was in my backyard, in the woods, about a year ago. I was doing dishes, and saw something running through the snow through the pine trees. It was a fox, and he was tearing up the snow and playing. Then he stopped and sat, facing me. It was quite a distance, but he was directly facing my kitchen window.

Recently, I was standing outside in the yard, before it was so cold. It was dark, but the lights were on across the way. An animal trotted down the dirt road, and at first I thought it was a cat, but the bushy tail and pointy ears said different. I chirped at it anyway, and it stopped, looked at me, then turned around and ran back up the dirt road.

My dad used to have a den up in back of his place, and often came home to fox kits playing in his dooryard. Beautiful creatures.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 4:01 PM on November 28, 2012


Wow, those are gorgeous.
posted by arcticwoman at 4:16 PM on November 28, 2012


Very creative and beautiful. Thanks for posting.
posted by foxhat10 at 5:37 PM on November 28, 2012


The art is nice, but the article is creepy. First off, the "19-year old" point is odd — what significance does that have? (she's legal?) the art isn't so good I couldn't imagine a somewhat-talented teenager making it — and then the author writes, "Through these works and her other collages, you can’t help but get a sense for this artists deep thoughtfulness. She describes herself as a vegetarian, ukuleleist, activist, believer, dreamer, sleeper, lover, artist. Sounds like someone good to know."

Strange, and a little heebie-jeebie-inducing.
posted by Alt F4 at 6:28 PM on November 28, 2012


she's legal?

You're the one being creepy.
posted by ryanrs at 12:08 AM on November 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


You're the one being creepy.

What justification, then, for including that detail in the article — in fact, in leading off the article with it?

Including someone's age is the kind of detail you highlight to suggest precociousness — "she's only 10, but she's programming iPhone apps!"; "he's only 16, but he started an NGO that funded a school in Uganda!" — or to suggest some other, um, anachronisticity — "even though she's a 95-year-old great-grandmother, she's running in this weekend's 5k!". Say the artist were 25. Or 40. Wouldn't it sound strange for the article to lead off with "The images you see here were made by 40 year old Jade Phillips"?
posted by Alt F4 at 7:18 AM on November 29, 2012


Foxes are so cute. Making foxes out of books and stuff is cool. I had no idea this kind of art existed. My art-teacher fiancee - who is a hardcore lover of "book art" - will love this.
posted by davidmsc at 11:25 AM on November 29, 2012


Wouldn't it sound strange for the article to lead off with "The images you see here were made by 40 year old Jade Phillips"?

I agree that the 19 year old thing was weird. I just thought it was bad writing though and focused on the pictures.
posted by sweetkid at 11:36 AM on November 29, 2012


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