Jennifer Gillia Cutshall
INSIDE the ABSTRACT, post #7: Inspired spaces and revealing the unexpected
"...stop now ... look at something,...for one minute and try to find some beauty in what you are looking at!"
What attracted you to the 7th Annual Abstract call? I was interested to participate to this call because I was curious to see how my photo-based assemblage piece would interact with other abstract pieces. Does the idea of transformation influence your work and process? Yes it does as most of my work are assemblage which means transformation. The transformation in my work is physical (I cut and I assemble) and visual (the original picture does not exist anymore). Concretely, I capture details, textures and colors and create assemblages that re-define the mundane as abstract and fragments objects of beauty.
What draws you to the medium you chose? The medium I used for the piece presented at the 7 th Annual Abstract exhibition is photography. Photography is easy to use and it mirrors what you see. The world has an indefinite palette of colors, textures and pattern and photography is just wonderful for that.
Tell us a little about your process (I don’t believe in giving it all away). For this particular series Wall Cuttings where the piece Sandy Brown Monochrome belongs to, I spent four years walking on the streets of Manhattan, New York and I took 4,5oo photographs of details of walls. I have cut them into a variety of rectangular shape and assembled them into abstract collages. Playing with patterns of texture, color, and tone I have sought to create fresh rhythms and harmonies from the tired walls of the city.
What are the strengths of the medium? What are the challenges? The strengths of photography is the way I use it is that the indefinite color and textures palette it offers. The challenge it to express in 3D a medium which is usually uses in 2D.
Do you work in other modes of expression? I have started to use embroidery, sand on canvas, earth on photography the way I used photographs. Who inspires you? I am inspired by personal interactions, social issues, and both urban and natural landscapes. Humor is also a very important component in my work. What do you do to get inspired? Ideas just pop up in my mind via an image! If you could have coffee or tea with any artist who would you pick? What would you have coffee or tea? What would you ask that artist? John Baldessari. Coffee. Which way did you take to speak your (art) truth? What do you hope your work achieves? To reveal an unexpected beauty with humor and using that to share messages How many works do you have to produce before you find a successful image? Very few If you could produce any type of work, would you choose something different? Oh yes. I would try everything! What recently made you smile? Regarding the context of Coronavirus, what made me smile is animals enjoying the nature free of humans! What recently made you cry? Again, regarding the context of Coronavirus, what made me cry is people expulsing healthcare workers from their apartments because they could transmit the virus. What was the most powerful work of art you recall viewing? Where was it? How did it make you feel? I would say a piece from Karoly keseru (see picture).
I was in a art bookstore in Paris and I was flipping an art book and his work. I loved the rhythm of the color dots and on the paper. It was like hearing music, I felt a great visual pleasure looking at it.
If you could tell your viewers one thing, what would you tell them?
Just stop now what you are doing and look at something, anything for one minute and try to find out some beauty in what you are looking at.
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