Jacquelyn Gleisner

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I am interested in patterns, surface design, and decoration. The impulse to decorate and embellish is present in ancient textiles and other forms of handicraft. Yet throughout history, cultural perceptions of ornament, color, and decoration have varied. Patterns and color have the ability to conflate or open space, to entice or repel a viewer. I view my artistic practice as an extension of my political beliefs as a feminist. My work as an artist strives to cultivate gender, racial, and social equality.

In 2014, I began developing a series of scrolls, based on patterns that mimic weavings and other forms of handiwork. The scrolls represent a harmony of opposites — a union of aesthetic traditions rooted in both craft and fine art contexts with references to tropes in abstract painting, especially from the 1960s and 1970s. Explicitly created on paper — a material structure that is accessible yet fragile — these scrolls are photographed in natural and constructed environments. Inside a parking garage or on a bed of snow, the scrolls become interwoven in a community and a specific setting, presenting alternative narratives about how art exists in this world.

Recent iterations of the scrolls have been repurposed into site-specific installations. My continued interest in patterning has also led to a series of works on paper exploring knots. These knots are a visual metaphor for patterning found in the natural world. The series delves into repetitive cycles of creation and destruction.


You can find her available work HERE


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