Portraits from the Shelf
Surrounding myself with books guarantees no shortage of potential for discovery. I’m reminded that there is no one way to express a thought. As long as I can easily pull a book off the shelf, there’s promise for my own means of articulation.
The patinas of painted surfaces are an integral component in my painting. The development of a texture through successive layers sanded back, covered, and revealed again denotes the accumulation of knowledge and its integration with (and transformation by) subsequent memory and experience.
These paintings of book titles merge my dual interests in words and painted matter. They are a documentation of associations, notions, progressions of thought, and satisfy an urge to emulate or commemorate the familiar object of the book and the ideas contained.
Jennifer Waters, painting, still life, Parsons, The New School, MFA, text, art, artist