Self-Identity Project "Recognition" Issues in Art Education ARE-6641 - Spring 2019
Recognition Jennifer Tallini March 2019 Mixed Media on Foam back Panel Board I have always loved to write poetry and to incorporate it into my paintings. I reuse found objects in my work such as old canvases, old poster boards, wood boards, combined with vintage costume jewelry. I decoupage my poems among these objects against my paintings made with acrylic and/or spray paint. “Recognition” symbolizes myself embracing my role as artist and creator, recognizing that I am imperfect, and art is an ongoing process and flow. I cut up several painted canvases which had my poems decoupaged onto them. The "sky" pieces are from an oil on canvas series I completed. The others are acrylic on canvas paper also cut in abstract shapes. By cutting these works into abstract edged pieces, I compiled them into a mosaic of myself standing below the sun and moon and above the snow-covered mountains and rugged terrain where I live. My hair is gray, blonde and purple (as it is in real life!) and the old costume jewelry adorning the various focal points symbolize my respect for the moon and sun cycles on earth and how they influence my work. Words from the poems are scattered and symbolic in meaning to me about myself and nature. As an art teacher, I wish to convey to students that they can capture the same joy of recognition through their own creative process. With that recognition, it may take several tries to create something that truly expresses themselves. However, I want to successfully reassure them that the creative process inside them will steer them in the right direction just as mine has for me. Recognition of the imperfect process and mistakes can be art as well and part of our personal journey in life. Cutting up my painted poetry works is symbolic of destruction, and then creating something new that captures more meaning than before.