Untitled. Watercolor on Arches. 1975
I began using watercolor simultaneous to teaching myself the discipline of Japanese brushwork as a teenager in the 70's. Although I work in the abstract I am also drawn to subjects in nature, particularly birds, skies, clouds, and bodies of water. Perhaps because they all share a natural affinity; the spontaneity that water so easily expresses, while keeping to its intrinsic nature. The images I hold most dear are those that capture the magic that takes place in that liminal space between the discipline of conscious intent and the spontaneous, autonomous nature of intuition and instinct.
In the Twilight Zone of Sub Humanity
Blanquear la violencia del muro.
What does it mean to be human? Be it the almost daily news of a massacre of school children or a group of peaceful worshipers, the writing on the wall is that we are regressing in our humanity. My most recent body of work (in progress) expresses my rendition of these times. The first in the series "Asylum" speaks not just to the humanitarian crisis taking place at our Southern border, it speaks to the psychological white washing, the denial, the platitudes, that form the ideological structures that wall desperate human beings off...away. Controversy allowed, falsehoods become more false, and truth becomes truer
When it comes to asylum there is no way to excuse ourselves for walling the victims out, or in. This approach bears a marked resemblance to the fascist ideologies of Nazi Germany and before that, the Armenian Holocaust, and before that, our own Native Americans, and simultaneous to that, and the institutionalization of slavery.
The hate crimes and the violence escalating today epitomizes the very erosion of our humanity. I believe we will look back on this chapter of our history with the same disdain and disgust and utter disappointment, as one of wholesale genocide of scapegoated or displaced nations. Everywhere we turn, we are met with massive migrations of innocent victims fleeing from unspeakable acts of violence and oppression, and, habitat degradation. Be it out of denial or barbarianism, political leaders and their constituents continue to white wash away the violence we perpetuate with our walls. Blanquear la violencia del muro.
“Asylum” asks us to look again, to examine the role we have played, politically and economically in the destabilization of nations and people worldwide. “Port of Entry” an expression of the apocalyptic political climate of the 21st century. The phrase “twilight zone of sub humanity” epitomizes the harsh realities of this climate. “Friday Prayer” the surreal multi-dimensional power of prayer and the horrific violence being instigated worldwide by the growing white supremacists’ movement.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Jayne moved to Vt., to raise her family in 1980 after studying printmaking, illustration and painting at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and the Museum School of Fine Arts (Houston, 1974/75/76), and a four-year mentorship in herbology and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Houston 1975-1979). In 1985, she founded the nationwide product line of medicinal skin care formulas, Lakon Herbals.
Continuing education: MA/MS Humanities/Depth Psychology/Professional Counseling (2015). Diploma Homeopathy SNHS (2014). Practicing herbalist and depth astrologer (1980-present). Jayne currently lives in East Montpelier with her husband, multi-disciplinary craftsman, William Morrison. Painting continues to be a core passion.
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