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A self-proclaimed “beadist”, Jan Huling coats the surfaces of found objects with brightly colored seed beads. Through surface design and elaborate patterns, she recontextualizes familiar objects, masking original forms to add whimsy and transform the mundane into something special. Inspired by a fascination with indigenous cultures, mythologies, and pop culture, Huling’s patterns echo tessellating African textiles, Southeast Asian Buddhist architectural ornamentation, and Mexican embroidery. Working with an air pen to place beads, as well as buttons, coins, tokens, and similar found objects, Huling adorns any object that catches her eye, and creates approachable, evocative objects that elevate the everyday.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Step Into SpringParlor Gallery
2020
Jan Huling: Tea Time, What's Your Story?Duane Reed Gallery
2014
Jan HulingPorter Contemporary
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Baby Das Bug, 2021

Beads, vintage crystals, metal on found object
7 × 11 × 8 in
17.8 × 27.9 × 20.3 cm
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$1,600
Ships from Asbury Park, NJ, US
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Medium
Signature
Not signed
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Frame
Not included
Manufacturer
Artist

A self-proclaimed “beadist”, Jan Huling coats the surfaces of found objects with brightly colored seed beads. Through surface design and elaborate patterns, she recontextualizes familiar objects, masking original forms to add whimsy and transform the mundane into something special. Inspired by a fascination with indigenous cultures, mythologies, and pop culture, Huling’s patterns echo tessellating African textiles, Southeast Asian Buddhist architectural ornamentation, and Mexican embroidery. Working with an air pen to place beads, as well as buttons, coins, tokens, and similar found objects, Huling adorns any object that catches her eye, and creates approachable, evocative objects that elevate the everyday.

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