Penmanship Series: Staying Alive
Medium:Ink and Graphite on Paper
Print on paper with writing in graphite. "It is worth while to win (printed). I fight to stay alive. Now is the time to learn (printed). everyday. There is so much Flowers are God's messengers (printed). more to see, do and create."
Jeff Colby used mixed media and collage to create art on the theme of his own personal and emotional struggle. In his work, he united themes of hope with horror, beauty with tragedy and the curiosity of life. After his diagnosis of HIV in the 1990s, Colby's work tended to be more emotional and physical because of the turmoil brought about by his illness. Colby died shortly after his major exposition at the Chicago Cultural Center in 1996.