Abstraction Artist Jenny Kemp | AHA! A House for Arts

Abstraction Artist Jenny Kemp | AHA! A House for Arts


(energetic music) – I’m an artist who’s
interested in abstraction and I make paintings
and animations that are really about me
procession ideas about color, inventiveness, and biology. All the while sort
of referencing and thinking about the
history of abstraction. I knew I was always
gonna be an artist. It’s taken a couple
different forms from the time that I
was young till now. I think when I
was really little, I thought I wanted
to be a cartoonist, work for Disney
or make animations which you know when
I got to high school and into college,
I realized more that I wanted to be a painter. (gentle music) Turn large paintings
are series of paintings that you did that
represented stages of life. So this being childhood,
this being youth. I love the mystery
of an abstraction. Hilma af Kint, Georgia
O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove Agnes Pelton, Bridget Riley. Some of these are
clearly abstractionists like Hilma af Klint were really thinking about ways of bringing
that are invisible visible. My paintings are composed
of a sort of language of shapes that are often
sometimes playful or personal. That are interacting
with a language of small repeating lines that kind of overlay or underlay in and around the forms
interact with the shapes in sometimes ways
that are hypnotic, sometimes ways that
are kind of copy, sometimes ways that
are kind of psychedelic But in whichever way they
sort of through me reference a kind of system of growth and theme that I feel
strong might work. My process isn’t
always a fixed thing but generally, I
have a sketchbook in which I will kind
of freestyle things
I’m thinking about, jot down ideas or thoughts that may make a smaller
painting on paper, and then if it continues
to spark interest, then I’ll take it to a larger,
more permanent surface. I paint on linen
panels in acrylic. In my work, I play a lot
with color contrasts. I’ll work toward
bridging the opposition of those colors together
through a system of you know, the kind of patterning. The lines are all hand painted. Yes, I don’t use
any tape or tools. It’s tedious and
takes a long time, but the trick is to look at the
spaces in between the lines. I got into animation
in graduate school. I’ll scan or take digital
captures of part of paintings, and I’ll compile them into
stop motion animations that evolve in ways that
are kind of unexpected. (energetic music) In 2014, my husband and
I opened up a brewery called Rare Form. And it’s a collective effort. He’s a brewer and I’m an artist. So, it’s a really
fun project for me. I can do whatever I’d like. I definitely couldn’t
imagine my life without art. I think what draws me so
much to art is this idea that you could make something and it has some
value in the world. That’s a fascinating
part of society, that people would find value in things that
other people make. (energetic music)

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