“Graphic design is all around us.”
We close out the year with the vibrant art of New York City artist Jennifer Sanchez, whose layered geometric forms will surely chase away your winter blues! We caught up with Jennifer to discuss life in the studio, inspiration, and patterns. Read our exclusive interview below, and if you are not a subscriber, you’ve got until November 20 to sign up to get this art in your mailbox!
A never-before-seen comic by Sook-Yin Lee is on the flipside.
Hi Jennifer! Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m from Florida and live in New York City. I primarily use acrylic paint and Xerox transfers to make my paintings.
Your piece for Papirmass is a beautiful, bright, geometric abstract work. This new turn to geometric forms is a slight departure from your earlier bodies of work, which featured many layers of swirling, circular forms. What lead to this new direction in your work?
The boredom of working in that style. I wanted to simplify my paintings and be less concerned with having some sort of movement in them. Now I’m creating simpler, more straight forward paintings. I’m also taking more time to create and live with the paintings.
Are there specific narratives or themes that you find yourself continually exploring in your work?
My color is usually bright and the shapes are basic geometric forms – those 2 things have always been constant. How I use them and the different aspects that I’m interested in at the time is what changes. I don’t use any narratives. Sometimes people see things in my paintings & I think that’s fun & I enjoying hearing about that, but there’s isn’t any narrative intention at all.
You have a background in Design. How does that inform your artistic practice?
Graphic design is all around us. Especially here in NYC w/advertisments all over the place. Good design, in any form, is always inspiring. I parse out the essential design & beauty that’s in an ad or other signage or package design & rework that into a painting. For instance, a food truck may have some great color combo & I bring that into a painting.
You are incredibly prolific. What is your studio practice like? Are you in the studio at regular hours every day, and how do you balance creating art with the administrative duties that inevitably arise?
My studio is in my apartment, and that makes things incredibly convenient and easy. My paintings are always around and I either make changes or add to paintings as the come, or make notes on the paintings for later. I don’t keep a strict schedule for my studio routine or office work. I’m fairly disciplined & motivated.
What’s on your horizon for the next year? Any new developments and exciting events?
I’ve started making patterns based on my on paintings. Completely mind blowing to see how the paintings are transformed when they’re mirrored & repeated to make a pattern. I’ve begun working w/an agent to sell these patterns to designers & it’s exciting to know that my work will reach an even bigger, broader audience. For the past few years I’ve been more aware how fashion designers work w/artists to create unique patterns for their labels & I’m itching for a collab like that….Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler are you listening?
Jennifer Sanchez is our December 2014 artist.
This is a taste of what’s to come when we release her print at the beginning of the month.
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