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The Can-Can Collection

The humble tin food can, often overlooked in its ubiquity, stands as a symbol of accessibility and affordability in the realm of art. This unassuming object, a staple in kitchens worldwide, transcends its mundane function and embodies themes of sustenance and equality. Its utilitarian design speaks to the universal need for nourishment, while its affordability highlights the socioeconomic bridges it builds. By incorporating the food can into artistic expressions, I invite a dialogue on the interconnectedness of daily life and art, emphasizing that beauty and meaning can be derived from the simplest of objects. This collection celebrates the food can not only as a testament to human ingenuity and resourcefulness but also as a canvas that democratizes art, making it accessible and relatable to all.

Enid Johnstone Red Lucky Star Can with Birds Analog Collage on Paper, 2023

01

Backyard Birdy Birds in the Branches

Birds, branches and blossoms in a South African Lucky Star Pilchards can.

(analog collage with vintage ocean and botany posters, poscamarkers, ink pens, acrylics and Sugerfina tissue paper on 36cm x 42cm mixed media paper)

02

Can Love Pomodoro

The bird and the flower on a gorgeously designed Italian Mutti Polpa tomato can.

 

(analog can collage with vintage botany poster, watercolor, markers and a Marimekko napkin on 24cm x 30 cm mixed media paper)

EnidJohnstone Colorful Red and Yellow Tomato Can Analog Collage 2023
EnidJohnstone Colorful Lyle's Golden Syrup Can Analog Collage 2023

03

Butterfly Bouquet Flower Farm

Butterflies, bouquet and buds in a Lyle's Golden Syrup Can.

 

(analog collage with vintage botany poster, markers, deli paper, gold leaf, ribbon and watercolor on 36cm x 42cm mixed media paper)

04

Blossoming Bliss

In Italy, even supermarket house brand cans are pretty. Esselunga tomato can with butterfly-dragonfly bug and blossoms.

 

(analog collage with vintage poster, placemat, easter cake wrapping, Posca markers, gel pen and gouache on 36cm x 42cm mixed media paper)

EnidJohnstone Colorful Esselunga Polpa Tomato Can Analog Collage 2023
EnidJohnstone Colorful Coffee Can Analog Collage 2023, on paper

05

The Owls are in the Coffee Can 

Owls peeking out of a coffee can, seeking flowers.

(analog collage with vintage botanical poster, watercolor, markers, Viareggio event flyer and Cape Fynbos Gin packaging on 36cm x 42cm mixed media paper)

06

Bunny Basket

Bunnies and berries in a basket on a South African Rooibos tea tin. BOS has delish rooibos and also refer to a Saffa saying "go bos" meaning to have crazy good fun.

(analog can collage with vintage botany poster, markers, magazine, gouache and watercolor on 36cm x 42cm mixed media paper)

EnidJohnstone Colorful Red and Yellow Bos Analog Collage 2023, on pink paper
EnidJohnstone Colorful Pink Analog Collage 2023, on pink paper

07

Yay, It's Candy Time

My sister's name is Leone and since my arrival in Italy I've been checking out the gorgeous Pastiglie Leone tins as little surprises for when I visit her in the US.

(analog can collage with vintage poster and postcards, markers, gouache mono print on deli paper and vintage flower sew-on patches on 36cm x 42cm mixed media paper)

08

Of Course it's My Cup of Tea

Another one of my favorite South African tins, Mandela Tea, with a white Hibiscus.

(analog can collage with vintage botanical poster, painted paper, markers and watercolor on 24 cm x 30 cm mixed media paper)

Enid Johnstone Colorful Red Mandela Tea Tin Analog Collage 2023, on painted paper
Enid Johnstone Colorful Red Hungarian Tomato Can Analog Collage 2023, on painted paper

09

It's A Jungle Out There

I spotted this pretty Aranyfacan tomato can on a recent visit to beautiful Budapest, Hungary. A good reason to get out the gold leaf.

(analog can collage with vintage posters, markers and gouache on 36cm x 42cm mixed media paper)

A pretty lemonade can from one of the prettiest cities out there - Prague, Czech Republic. Targa Florio is also one of the oldest car races in the world.

(analog can collage with 1892 newspaper page, vintage German sticker, vintage poster and a chopstick wrapper on 36cm x 42cm mixed media paper)   SOLD

10

Fast Cars and Slow Flowers
Enid Johnstone Colorful Red and Pink Targa Florio Prague Can Analog Collage 2023, on vintage 1892 news paper
Enid Johnstone Colorful Red M&S Bamboo Shoots Can Analog Collage 2023, on paper

11

Canned Casa

A sliced Bamboo Can spotted in Marks & Spencer in the UK as foundation for shacks and sheds.

(analog can collage with a 1957 UK Magazine, chopsticks wrapper, mono printed vintage paper and poster, markers and watercolour on 36cm x 42cm mixed media paper)

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