34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE INDIE LITMAG DIGITAL & PRINT

Turning trash into art is like meditation.

THE ART OF MARITA DINGUS BY STACY LAWSON 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 34

In 1988 I purchased a necklace from my friend Jacqui’s boutique, Jordan, on Fifth and Pine Street in downtown Seattle. It was one of the few things in the shop that I could afford. Fifty dollars was a good part of my weekly budget then. I fell for this homely piece–a loose-limbed female figure made of wire, beads, and scrap fabric with skinny plexi-glass arms and legs that dangled from its body. The pendant hung on a chain of leather cord and odd-metal links. I loved the way it moved as I walked, clacking softly like a small wind chime. I loved its expression of surprise drawn in ballpoint. Unfortunately, I lost it before I understood that it was more than just a quirky necklace made of junk. It was a Marita Dingus original. It was the start of my love affair with an artist, her work, her process, her philosophy, and her drive to speak about difficult subjects in a medium other than words.


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 34

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE ART OF MARITA DINGUS BY STACY LAWSON, MAGNOLIA BY JIMMY PRENATT, BONE BY CLAUDIA NOGUEIRA, UNIDENTIFIED BRIGHT OBJECT BY JOHN MARTIN, THE ABSENCE OF LIQUOR BY DEJA-N WILLIAMS, NOGALES, MI BY HENK HOPMAN.