White silhouette of hand in a sphere, on a painted orange background, entitled Orange Hand

Hands

oil and graphite on panel, 12″x12″x2″, 2013

oil and charcoal on panel, 12″x12″x2″, 2013

Hand Shadow Painting

Side view of Hemisphere sculptures, hanging on gallery wall

Group of Hemispheres

Hemispheres installed at the Dougherty Art Center solo show Sacred Space, and in other shows and events.

Steel hemispheres plasma cut marks and paintings and drawings on the surfaces. Sizes range from 1.5″ to 12″
Contact for sizing information for specific pieces.

 

Hemispheres Side View
photo by Paul Bardagjy

I Am The Cosmos

 

mixed media on steel spheres, diameter varies from 12″ to 2″

 

I Am The Cosmos
Photo by Paul Bardagjy
I am the Cosmos, Rose Planet Hemisphere sculpture, hanging from gallery wall
I Am the Cosmos, detail
I Am The Cosmos, Eclipse Hemisphere sculpture, hanging from gallery wall
I Am the Cosmos, detail
I Am The Cosmos, Ink on Rust Hemisphere sculpture, hanging from gallery wall
I Am the Cosmos, detail
I Am The Cosmos Cold Planet
I Am The Cosmos Detail of Cold Planet

Planet like installation of steel spheres, using diverse techniques of drawing into the steel with a plasma cutter; drawing on the surface with different paints, chalks, and charcoals; etching the surface of the steel with various chemicals and patinas; all in fun and playfulness while I worked more strategically on bigger pieces. I am the cosmos, you are the cosmos, we are all part of the cosmos.

Square with the World North Gate

The Four Gates Drawings

ink and charcoal on paper, 105″x108″,each,  2013

The Four Gates Sculpture inspired four large drawings, each made by laying the large circles down onto large paper, asking friends to interact or compose themselves within the circle, and me drawing and painting a record of each in space and in relation to the circle.

Square with the World is the North Gate circle, the North Gate being that of selfless love. My friend Larry Vanston helped greatly in the conversation about decisions about the composition of the Four Gates, in addition to being a helpful neighbor and coming over every time I needed to move these huge things around. He made a very strong case that the gate of selfless love needed to be the largest circle. It is not a coincidence that the 96″ diameter circle is also the one that fits him all stretched out.

Since Larry’s polka drawing was a record of me dancing solo, this drawing was one of the two of us doing a slow two-step to Mike Stinson’s Square With the World, a song that Larry chose for the piece.

Attachment is the East Gate circle, the East Gate being that of the acceptance of responsibility. My friends Carl and Claire, a couple, composed themselves in the circle.

Calculated Risk is the South Gate circle, the South Gate being that of the desire to explore. My friend Hart Blanton, a social psychologist and researcher, composed himself in the circle while looking at his iPhone reading the New York Times.

Saturation is the West Gate circle, the West Gate being that of the devotion to beauty. My beautiful friend Eunice Garza composed herself within this circle and allowed me to drench her with ink and let her play. I won’t show you a picture of that. But this is a record of her beauty on a page.

3 Circle Drawings A

3 Circle Drawings

3 Circle Drawings B

ink on paper, 32 drawings 7″x14″ each, 2013

These drawings were made as studies for gestural compositions within a circle. One was used as the image in “Shining Apollo”, and of course its negative drop “Descending Apollo”. Another was used as the graphic image for the “I Am Free” hemisphere and on the dome of “Full Bloom”.

 

Apollo Drawings

I Am Free

3 Circle Drawings

3 Circle Drawings A

We Cried

We Cried

We Criedink, paint, and charcoal on paper, 109″x96″, 2013

This drawing includes a quote from Mark Helprin’s The Winter’s Tale. It was made as an artist friend of mine and I moved around the paper and had a conversation. It reads:

“They cried because of the magic and the contradictions; because time had passed and time was left; because they saw themselves as if they were in a photograph that had winked fast enough to contradict their mortality; because the city around them had conspired to break a thousand hearts; and because they and everyone else had to float upon this sea of troubles, watertight. Sometimes there were islands, and when they found them they held fast, but never could they hold fast enough not to be moved and once again overwhelmed.”

Larry's Polka

Larry’s Polka

Larry's Polka

ink on paper, 72″x108″, 2013

This piece was made while German photographer Norman Hera was taking a portrait of me for his Austin Scene Exhibition at Praxis Krah, Marstallstraße 6, Erfurt, Germany.

In 2010, I did a Pecha Kucha presentation in which several friends polka-ed through the audience, including Larry Vanston who selected Dale Watson’s Fox on the Run for the music. Larry is one of my dance partners, and he has danced at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. to demonstrate Texas dance.

For this drawing, I put on Dale Watson’s Fox on the Run, inked up my feet, and polka-ed solo while Norman took pictures. The piece now hangs in Larry’s living room.

Jen Inking Up
photo by Norman Hera

 

Inky Feet
photo by Norman Hera

 

Circle Walk

Circle Walk

Circle Walk

ink on paper, 96″x83″ 2012

This drawing was made as a performative piece during the East Austin Studio Tour in 2012 on my back porch. I used a 72″ diameter circle, inked my feet and walked the circle.

JenWalkingSoloCircle

Solo Circle

Solo Circle

Solo Circleink and charcoal on paper, 95″x64″ 2012

This drawing was made using a 62″ diameter steel circle on paper and using it as a drawing tool to play with a circle that is the diameter of my height.

WCircle

W and R Circles

R Circle

ink, paint and charcoal on paper, 57″x59″ 2012

ink, paint and charcoal on paper, 60″x55″ 2012

This drawing was made by laying down a 54″ diameter steel circle onto a large piece of paper, asking my son Wallace to compose himself in it, and me drawing and painting around him.

This drawing was made by laying down a 48″ diameter steel circle onto a large piece of paper, asking my son Roland to compose himself in it, and me drawing and painting around him.