JAYMI ZENTS

Drawing is the most cherished time that I have.   There is a meditative element to getting lost in all of the details of a beautiful surface with a simple pencil. Organic surfaces have always provided the source and inspiration for my work.  It began with skins and stained rice papers, eventually encompassing stained silk and wax.  Any surface that literally had a life and a history of its own was a potential surface for finding figures.  As a kid, I was always looking for animals and figures in the clouds or the wood paneling.  Birch was a natural progression.  Initially, the birch was a means of extending my love of landscaping and gardening into the Winter season.  So many of the forms and curiosities of nature could be found in each piece of wood.  The tree itself had endured untold stories. It had sustained life, each not indicative of a branch that fed the tree itself, but also supported animals and insects.  There is a microcosm in the remnants of life, in relics, that is profound and fascinating.  Stains, knots, and growth rings quickly give way to spider webs and roots, wings and blood vessels, and a vast array of biological forms.  I have deep respect for the life that was lived and wants to honor its beauty.  Hopefully, my girls are an extension of that beauty. The female figure is symbolically in keeping with notions of sustenance,  nurturing,  and fertility that are so much of my interest. I strive to draw women who are self-aware, yet empathetic. Women with an intelligence and depth beyond their physical beauty.   Their solitude is their peace.  

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JAYMI ZENTS

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Painting, Fine Art
JAYMI ZENTS

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