jennskies

is creating mixed media art
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About jennskies

If someone named Diane were to interview me, and these happened to be her questions, this is how it would go:

As "jennskies", what's one major fascination you have that influences your work?
The brain: asleep and awake, and how perceptions and sensations during both of those states relate to some stimuli, seen and unseen.  

Well I see how that could provide an almost overwhelming amount of fodder. So, what about that propels you to create?
Well, Diane, I suppose I'd have to say my truly insatiable curiosity of that which is often overlooked, unobserved, or blindly accepted, yet universally experienced. Sure, like sleep; and also our biases, our energy, the patterns we unknowingly carry and act out with other people. 

So, jennskies, what is---
Diane, excuse my interruption, but if I may elaborate with a tangible example of what I was saying before. I'm feel surges to create that which can be looked at, almost commanding someone's gaze to view the piece and to almost immediately have a story in either their minds or in their bodily sensations. This is kind of how I incorporate the formal training in neuroscience I've received into the artwork I create. 

So what you're saying is that you've chosen a path in the arts rather than pursuing a graduate degree in the sciences? 
Diane, I suppose you could phrase it that way and I would say yes. I have developed an understanding, which may or may not be entirely unique: that science and art have....let's call it, "a familial relationship." They often rely on each other, and operate in much the same ways. So I often believe that the aspect of science that chose me is art. 

Okay, jennskies, I'll go there with you, but tell me this - how can you claim your art is like formal science?
Diane, I love how direct you're willing to get with me. Instead of analyzing lab samples, I'm analyzing how humans respond to certain types of artwork. 

Well, do you have any data that you can draw conclusions from?
The only thing I can share with certainty, at this stage, is that the exercise can be one of enlightenment, even for the unenthused.

Diane, take this example: gather a room full of people, perhaps a majority of the people in the room represent majority population with maybe only a few individuals who identify with minority backgrounds and/or exist within marginalized communities. It becomes a way of educating through experience, thus relieving at least some of the undue burden that oppressed individuals have with educating people of privilege about their privilege. It starts a conversation in a non-judgmental space, using tangible examples of how different perspectives and biases operate through dialogue about shared experiences of what one individual sees in an image and the story their mind formed about that image compared to another. 


Wow, jennskies, that's a lot to take in. Let's let that really sink in and end there. Is there anything else you'd like to say to your potential supporters? 
Art is capable of infinite experiences, Diane, because art moves people who are still.

I'd also like to add that a major aspect of what I make is used with reusing non-compostable/recyclable plastics (i.e., my roommate's cold brew cups), found objects or papers, old shipping materials, and the list truly does continue. I use sustainable paints from ethical companies, and the same goes for the canvas and other mixed materials for that particular genre of artwork. 

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