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Calendar Scrolls: 2001 (Feb. 10 to Mar.6 and Sept.20 to Oct. 10)

2001, mixed media, each 12 x 72", by Jenny Badger Sultan

Two calendar scrolls--daily art from Calendar Scrolls: Feb. 10 to Mar.6 and Sept.20 to Oct. 10, 2001, by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge


The Calendar Grids and Scrolls come from a 3 1/2 year period from January, l999, to June, 2002, where I made an image every day. (I had done a year of calendar grid drawings previously in 1981-82.) It seemed significant to begin this work on New Year's Day of the year before the turn of the century. I was on sabbatical from my teaching job and had more time to devote to my art.

I worked first with the grid, within a 3 1/2 inch format. Each day reflected either an inner or an outer event or a feeling or came out of the work I was doing on a painting. I chose whatever medium appealed to me--watercolor, acrylic, collage, monoprint, colored pencil, caran d'ache, etc. Examples: July and August 1999, January and April 2000.

After a while, the grid structure began to feel very constricting, so I moved to the vertical scroll, where the amount of space I used could vary both horizontally and vertically. Images could also begin to overlap. This whole process gave me an opportunity to draw a lot, explore my range, work in many different materials and do a lot of experimentation. It stands as a visual journal of this time period. Examples: August-September 2000, February and September 2001.

Several years after I had ended the scrolls, I found myself embarking on a series of paintings based on different grid structures--such as the hexagon, the eight-pointed star, the ogee [spindle shape], the pentagon. I had designed many repeated patterns years ago when I silk-screened fabrics. This time I felt that working with these different grids put me into relationship with the art of Islam and the Middle East, an area of the world we have become so very involved with in recent years. Closeup of calendar scroll--Sept. 29, 2001, a protest against war-fever, by Jenny Badger Sultan Each structure has called forth a different way of working, different imagery, a different feeling. I did not preconceive them but let the process unfold as I went along.

I haven't annotated the daily drawings/paintings, but this one stood out: on Sept. 29, soon after 9/11, I was in Precita Park, San Francisco, at a protest against war-fever. I was very struck by these women dressed in burqas made of American flags.

Closeup of calendar scroll--daily art for Feb 2001, by Jenny Badger Sultan Closeup of calendar scroll--daily art for early September 2000, by Jenny Badger Sultan:
February 2001 September 2001
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