Among The Weeds And Other Blossoming Things: Recent Paintings by Jessica Singerman at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art
April 4-30, 2017
Winston-Salem, NC – Award-winning painter Jessica Singerman announces her exhibit of paintings entitled AMONG THE WEEDS AND OTHER BLOSSOMING THINGS, opening at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art on April 4 and continuing through April 30. The opening reception takes place on Friday April 7, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ten percent of sales from Singerman’s exhibit during the opening reception will be donated to Family Services, a Winston-Salem nonprofit organization working “collaboratively with government, education, other nonprofit organizations and citizens to solve our community’s complex social problems.”
In Singerman’s brightly-colored paintings, viewers will find bold shapes and subtle washes of color juxtaposed with calligraphic line. The layering of vivid colors and shapes evoke landscapes, maps, and memories of time spent in the outdoors. Singerman is noted for her expressive paint-handling and fresh use of color.
Singerman is inspired by the poetry of nature: color and light in the landscape, seasons, and the passing of time. She begins each painting with acrylic and primarily uses hot and bright colors that will vibrate relative to subsequent layers of color that reference the landscape. Once she is pleased with the surface of the painting in acrylic, she continues with oil paint to further build the surface and to play with color, edge, shape, and spatial relationships. In her finished paintings, she looks for a sense of history to the layers of paint, and a balance of awkward and delicate.
Says Singerman of her paintings, “Abstraction is the most intuitive way for me to explore the sensorial aspect of living. Working with color, line, shape, and composition is the way that I process these sensations and explore the connection between space, movement, and time, as well as the natural world, maps, and memory.”
Arts writer Michael Solender writes, “Singerman’s approach to her work and her outlook on life brings a broad perspective as a product of a bicultural upbringing. Her mother is French and her father is American.(…) Her work offers explosions of color, form and light conjuring imagery of motion and depth. Upon close inspection, viewers may find figurative imagery, elements not present by accident.”
“I love the outdoors and am fascinated with the natural world and the intricacies of life,” states Singerman. “Painting is the best way for me to process this and to make some sense of the world I live in.”
About the artist: Born in Bangor, Maine in 1980, Jessica Singerman lived alternatively in France and the United States during her early life. Singerman earned her BA with Highest Honors in 2002 from the College of William & Mary, Virginia, and her Masters of Fine Arts in 2004 from the University of Delaware while on a fellowship. Her watercolors are the subject of a book published in 2017, Little Watercolor Squares, and her award-winning paintings and drawings are exhibited and collected internationally. Singerman lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
SAWTOOTH SCHOOL FOR VISUAL ART, including AMONG THE WEEDS AND OTHER BLOSSOMING THINGS, by Jessica Singerman, April 4-30. Opening reception Friday April 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
251 N. Spruce St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101, www.sawtooth.org, 336.723.7395