Junker Jane, aka Catherine Zacchino, works out of the creative hotbed of Portland, Oregon, in the United States. Since 2007, she has made striking and spooky mixed-media monster dolls from found objects and fabrics.
Once sewn together, they are revived and reborn, as weird, wonky and wonderful characters – with new stories informed by the past lives of the materials…
How do found, discarded or disused objects or materials shape your art?
When I was a kid I would tag along with my mom to antique or junk shops. This probably gave me an appreciation and love for old things. I am attracted to tattered old things that look like they may belong in a haunted house.
Overall, my art tends to have a creep factor because I have always loved the supernatural and unexplained.
I love to incorporate old frayed fabrics and old buttons. Sometimes all it takes is a small discarded item to inspire an entire doll.