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Mugshots of the Modern South, by Jeff Zenick

 


Outsider artist JEFF ZENICK was born in Paris, France, to American parents. As a young man, he hitch-hiked around the United States, working as an agricultural laborer, picking oranges, cherries, strawberries. As an adult, he has worked an endless series of jobs out of labor pools, restaurants, construction, working as a common laborer. But, he was also always drawing. A self taught artist, Zenick was part of zine culture in the 1990s and created travel zines with drawings of urban landscapes and portraits drawn on location. He quit his last dishwashing job at the age of 50 and now works as an artist full-time. His work focuses on the lives of every day people, often inspired by existing portraits, from hundred-year-old yearbooks to digital mugshots. (@JeffZenick)