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Jeanne Sturfdevant 2015 tar paper and white pencil 26 x 22 x .5 inches
When I'm teaching, it swallows most of my creative juice and time; but during winter break, as the roofers tore tar paper off our house, I saw the large organically-shaped sheets of black paper wafting to the ground and thought, "Art materials!" I hurriedly collected them and soon got to work in the studio. Taking a "nothing to gain or lose / just play and see what happens" approach got me making art again after a long absence. I also decided art didn't have to last forever. A few nail holes just show it had a history. Wood glue worked for collaging, and I had never done collage before. Kinda fun! "New Beginnings" was my first piece and merges with my usual organic style. But "Wherever" took form in front of me, not to be denied. I like him. More recycled tar paper awaits, begging my right brain for more fun.
Jeanne Sturdevant Wherever the Road Takes Me 2015 tar paper and white pencil 26 x 22 x .5 inches
Jeanne Sturdevant As Above, So Below 2015 monotype diptych
Jeanne Sturdevant Night of a Million Stars 2013 digital painting 10 x 7.5 inches
Jeanne Sturdevant Radiance 2013 acrylic painting 22 x 14 inches
Jeanne Sturdevant Released 2013 acrylic painting 22 x 14 inches
Jeanne Sturdevant Yearning 2013 acrylic painting 22 x 14 inches
Jeanne Sturdevant Atlas of an Unknown World 2009-2013 acrylic painting 15 x 110 inches installation view
detail 1 Jeanne Sturdevant Atlas of an Unknown World 2009-2013 acrylic painting 15 x 110 inches
detail 2 Jeanne Sturdevant Atlas of an Unknown World 2009-2013 acrylic painting 15 x 110 inches
Jeanne Sturdevant Alluvial Cascade 2013 digital painting 16 x 12 inches
Jeanne Sturdevant Allure 2013 digital painting 8 x 10 inches
Jeanne Sturdevant Fire and Grace 2013 digital painting 8 x 10 inches
Jeanne Sturdevant Asunder (front) ©2013 painted wood, lace paper, glass 16 x 12 x 12 inches
The lettering around the front base has my vision acuity measurements, past and present... 20/200, 20/150, 20/80... and my hopes for improvement...20/60, 20/40, 20/20. [Although I don't expect a perfect score, one can dream....]
The eye chart on the back says:
Legally blind in left eye before
Now slight improvement
Asunder was propelled by a frightening time that isn't over yet. Recovery of my left eye's central vision seems to be stuck at 20/70. My optometrist said this (vitrectomy) procedure to close macula holes is too new to have a recovery track record, but retina re-attachment surgery's long track record includes sudden, dramatic improvement — sometimes several years after a patient and their doctor had given up on additional healing. Verticals that had leaned for a year after my cousin's retina re-attachment surgery suddenly became vertical. So, I'm still hoping for improvement.
Jeanne Sturdevant Asunder (reverse) ©2013
Jeanne Sturdevant's resume is on page 2.
See more of her work at www.bluecanvas.com/prussian2/
The changes that permeate and transform our lives are the central theme of my art. Digital painting allows me to save an evolving image at any stage.
I use a pressure sensitive graphics tablet stylus, virtually painting and extensively altering my photographs, continually evaluating the emerging image until I am satisfied. The resulting digital paintings are printed with archival materials, as unique prints or in very limited editions. My regional, national, and international exhibit record spans four decades and a variety of mediums. My 2008 solo exhibit, "Layered Journeys," at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, was reviewed by Alexandra Bonnefield, NEA Fellow in Arts Criticism.
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