Our Lady of the Salvage Yard is a series depicting an elder woman as a Patron Hallow of the trades. My work focuses on issues of ageism, so everyone in my portraits is at least 60 years old. If you're a gear head you might notice some familiar elements in Our Lady's halo, collar, and crown - such as transmissions, radiators and radiator hoses, hubcaps, and disc brakes. Her crown is made up entirely of headlights. Here, she is surrounded by passion flowers and koi. 

- Amy Fleming

Our Lady of the Salvage Yard XII, With Fish and Flowers

Screen print, colored pencil on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on back

22.5" h x 15" w 
0 lbs. 3 oz.



Amy Fleming
Tallahassee, Florida

Getting to Know Amy

Amy Fleming examines the issue of ageism in her hand-colored screen prints by combining portraits of individuals aged 60 or older with images of found objects and tools of skilled labor. “Ageism is a byproduct of a hyper-consumerist mindset,” says Amy. “The disposability of mass produced goods, the replacement of ‘old’ with ‘new’ without regard to quality or continued usefulness feeds into this attitude.” Through creatively crafted imagery, Amy brings mass-produced objects out of the junkyard and into the world of art and fashion. “Impossible robes and royal collars [are] made from pump valves and vacuum tubes, pull tab rings reappear as chainmail, soda bottles form crowns and halos that adorn images of elder members of my community.” The work is clever, detailed, and finely executed.