began doing the work exhibited here as a teenager growing up in
rural Illinois, largely as a means to create an imaginary folklore
about my extended family. The work was based on old family photos,
writing and collected images.
technique is to take an image, focus on what action it portrays
or suggests to me, and extend or exaggerate this motion through
manipulation or painting. Often I portray imagined activities or
actions that cannot be played out in reality, such as in "Born Weeping
Constant Love," where a figure is catching handfuls of her own tears.
messages have always been an important aspect of my work. I use
borrowed verse, automatic writing, mirrored or backward script.
While my style of writing is intentionally cryptic, most messages
can be read with the effort of the viewer. I incorporate Arabic
calligraphy to offer something that is both beautiful and alien
to me. Its something that I treat on one level as pure decoration
and as surreptitious messenger on another.
my point of view, these works are highly embellished, devotional
pieces. I treat the subject matter as an event or individual to
be memorialized. Often I work from the point of view of a third
person and incorporate a voice that is not my own to show the work
as the result of what someone else went through. I also permit myself
to include messages within the work that I could not communicate
otherwise. These collages provide a context for me to both disguise
and reveal feelings based on reality or imagination.
Copyright 1999, Jenny Hart.]
Hart currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she works as a preparator
for the department of prints and drawings at the Blanton Museum
of Art at the University of Texas.
Hart is represented by The Jayne Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.
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