Janine Etherington

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Janine Etherington

Reconciling Perspectives #2, 2022

Mixed media wood assemblage, 7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 in


On display at the Downtown Eugene Public Library

Artist Bio

I have been working in painting, printmaking and mixed media for roughly 45 years. I completed a 4-year visual arts degree and have continued my education through courses, workshops and online seminars throughout my career. My work is included in public and private collections in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, and has been featured in a variety of publications. I currently live and create in Eugene.

Artist Statement

In the summer of 2019 I had a creative block when a series of medical issues arose in my family. On one particularly stressful day, I entered my studio feeling like I hadn't the emotional bandwidth to embark on any creative venture. Still, it felt right and good to be in my studio, so I decided to simply lay single colors of paint on small blank canvases that had been kicking around the space. The activity was about the action of spreading paint and color without any real thought or discernment. It was very meditative and grounding. I left my studio that day a little less burdened, a little more joyful and a lot more in the moment. As the stack of these canvases grew, so did my curiosity as to how they related to each other and how they fit together. Light sifting into the studio and landing on these small blocks of color created new shapes and tints in their shadows and prompted more combining and recombining. Stacking and tilting these elements woke up my childhood love of geometry as triangles and parallelograms appeared. At that point I moved from using small gallery wrapped canvases to small deep cradled wood panels that had crisper edges. With more to play with, new forms and new surfaces emerged with ever changing light effects.

After months of covering the wooden panels with gesso, it became increasingly dispiriting to cover and consequently hide the wood grain which on some panels was a spectacular feature. I began using wood stain to augment the grain and let it come forward in my work. As a result I feel like the work is a collaboration with nature and not a solo endeavor, as I explore the patterns and the rhythm and forms in the wood and celebrate the beauty nature offers.

For more information visit janineetherington.com

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