A Gallery Show New Abstracts artist statement
I see abstraction everywhere, interpreting the word around me by its shadowy depths, shapes and contours that hide in plain sight in my everyday environment. I find that shapes have their own presence; they push the space around them as they interact with each other. Therefore the nature of my painting is always fluid, rushing forward and gathering influences form the world around me. I survey these swirling currents to capture elements for my work. During my painting process, shapes and colors make connections.
I draw some lines slowly and thoughtfully, others with a quick movement capturing the speed and weight of my hand as I hold the charcoal, pastel, or brush. Drawing is not something that just happens in my hand or wrist. It is a process that happens in my mind as I respond to what I see in my environment, and reveals itself when I pick up a brush loaded with paint. I feel the weight of the brush, anticipating what marks will be made as I pour paint on the canvas and move it around with a trowel, as gravity works alongside me pulling the paint down into drips.
I am reaching for Notan, a design that embraces light and dark, in this work I have given a stronger voice to the quiet simple spaces, I find refuge in those spaces that allow my eyes to rest and my mind to clear. There is space for a small memory to come forward maybe a shadow from my travels.
Painting is a conversation.
I may have an idea of what I want to say but there is a process of give and take between myself and the marks on the canvas… there are always unexpected turns.
My textural, painterly works examine ever-changing relationship in life.
I work on a body of five or more paintings at a time.
Working on these paintings together I begin with quick layers of acrylic paint, allowing me to build up texture. These first layers always show through somewhere in the finished work. They are where the conversation begins.
Next I draw with charcoal, oil pastel or pastel, these marks will not be the final drawing, there are many times during the work to draw again. Drawing is coming to shape conclusions.
My favorite part is oil paint. The rich creamy texture and luminous color begin to tell the real story. The canvas and I understand each other and are better for the conversation we have had.
Jennifer Rasmusson Biography
Dundas Valley School of Art, Ontario, Canada 1996-97
Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Old Lyme, Connecticut 1995-96
Studied With George William Allen, Salt Lake, Utah 1993-95
2008 Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
2007 Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
2006 Art in Bloom, Utah Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
2006 Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
1999 Fairfield Museum of Art, Fairfield, Utah
2018 Solo Show, New Abstracts, A Gallery Salt Lake City, Utah
2018 Solo Show, Figures and Abstracts, Artworks, Cedar City Utah,
2011 The Color of Consciousness, DSC Sears Museum Gallery, St George, Utah
2010 Walking Feet, Jackson Hole Art Association, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
2009 Exchange, Solo Show, A Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
2007 Rose Wagner Art Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
2005 Solo Show, A Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
2004 Gastronomy Inc. Pillar, Salt Lake City, Utah
2001 Building Abstraction, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
1998 Artworks Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah
Associations and Committees
2007-09 Director of the Cedar City Art Committee
2006 Cedar City Arts Council, Children’s Art
2006 “Art in Elementary Schools”, North Elementary, Cedar City, Utah
2018 Utah Style and Design, Spring Awakening, by Ashley Szanter
2018 Etched Magazine, June
2018 Iron County Today, Arts and Entertainment, Full page article
2010 JH Weekly, Fragment of Figures, by Matthew Irwin
2010 Jackson Hole News and Guide, Painter, Sculptor Converse About Time and Body, By Katy Niner
2006 Southwest Art Magazine, Start your collection
2005 Cedar City Review, Local Artist
Nordstrom’s, City Creek, Salt Lake City, Utah
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah
Fairview Museum of Art, Fairview, Utah
Gastronomy Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake International Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah
Howa Construction, Salt Lake City, Utah
ATK Thiokol, Utah
Private Collections, Nationally
A Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
Catherine Kelleghan Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
E Studio Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, California