Friday, October 12, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
I am really enjoying the new app for photos called Instagram. It allows me to take casual images of work in progress or little snapshots of daily-goings-ons and share them in an informal way. Here are some recent felt paintings snapped on the app, which uses filters to play with the mood and grain of the image. You can follow the developments of this little photo experiment at this link: http://statigr.am/jennegiles
Between Instagram & Pinterest, there is so much visual candy out there to marvel at! What’s a visual girl to do??
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Wedded by Jenne Giles 2011
felted wool, mixed media
Today is the first anniversary of my my marriage. My husband and I have been together for 9 years and, as many do, I did not think things would change that much after the ceremony. I have been surprised in many ways by the profound changes that did follow: more trust, better cooperation & communication, and certainly better balance. Our marriage and mutual support has given me a profound sense of security that I did not feel previously. One does become one half of a greater whole.
This painting, Wedded, was completed just prior to our ceremony. It evokes the atomic relationship between partnerships and the greater interrelationship of parts that make stabile societies. I hope that it conveys the buoyancy and humor that I feel are required to make a resilient and lasting bond.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
felted wool, mixed media
This is one of my favorite felt paintings. It is titled “Plumbing” and represents the flow of creativity from one idea to the next. As one idea module fills up, the creative waters flow on to an adjacent idea module. Some light up like bulbs and some are simply there as a pit-stop between two ideas. Each has its particular organically-laid circuitry. In this piece, I am inspired by the metaphor of creative flow and the relationship between water and electricity: one propelled by pressure and the other by the desire to seek its ground. Likewise, I think that creative ideas are compelled by both internal pressure and the desire to leap out and be dispelled into the world, finding their ground.
The kind of work that I do is of two types: creative and production. I often get lost in the meditation of production, especially after the holidays, where each day has more to do with the factory running smoothly. A small tweak here or an adjustment there to keep the wheels rolling in their well-tread tracks, all towards the goal of making a more perfect product. With a few personal photo projects and upcoming shows on the horizon, it is time to switch gears. It is now time to turn off the comforting hum of the smoothly-running factory and to power-up the clanky creative machinery again with its intimidating hisses and spurts. It is a jalopy that is not anchored to solid ground, but is a vehicle for driving though unchartered spaces: those scary spots beyond the comfortable and well-travelled paths. There is nowhere to begin but to jump off the edge of the canvas and to discover what lies there in undefined space, pushed by creative pressure and pulled by the desire to find new ground.