Resilience: Surviving the Middle Passage Seeking to Live a Privileged Life

Stepping Out on Nothing

Stepping Out on Nothing

Washington, D.C. based artist Jenne Glover believes that art can inspire conversations, connections, and celebrations among people.  Her latest exhibition opening at Arts & Education at the Hoyt, Resilience: Surviving the Middle Passage, Seeking to Live a Privileged Life (January 8-March 28), is intended to do just that.  The colorful body of mixed media collages illustrates the African experience on its way to the New World.

According to the artist, each piece represents a moment of an uphill climb.  Some mental, physical, emotional or spiritual pain on the journey between then and now.  Yet they also reflect the inner strength and the dexterity that “comes with crazy”.   Glover hopes that the exhibit will promote dialog on social reform, justice and equality. 

“Making it a perfect companion to the Politics on Paper exhibition in the Hoyt’s Main Galleries”, says Hoyt’s Executive Director, Kimberly Koller-Jones.  “Both offer a chance to look back and think about how we want to move forward.”

Glover evolved from a figurative painter to a mixed-media collagist over the last 30+ years.  Today, mixed media collage is her primary medium.

“Creating mixed-media art is like creating a jazz composition, it’s spontaneous and improvisational.  Working without boundaries and restrictions.  My challenge is finding the pulse, the beat of the unfolding concept, and going with the flow.”

Compositions are constructed of magazine cutouts, ready-made materials, paint, oil pastels, fabric, and repurposed images from my earlier works that are altered, fragmented and reassembled on to canvas. The result is a blend of color, texture, pattern, and rhythm that are very appealing to the eye. 

Resilience will be on display through March 28.  A Public Reception will be held on January 12, 2-4 pm. Admission to the galleries is free.