CHAMBERS GALLERY, Mississippi Mills Administration Building, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte
When preparing for this show, I took on three challenges. The first was to create work that would be ‘local’ in theme. The second was to explore a different medium. The third was to ‘do a 180’ – diverge from the abstract mode I have been exploring these past few years and return to representation. Why? These kinds of challenges are like taking a cold shower: I wake up, gain new skills, and challenge myself to new ways of seeing.
The river that runs through Almonte belongs to all of us and none of us. It is precious, and powerful. Of late, the future of Almonte’s Mississippi has been the focus of much emotion, discussion, and controversy. Though it has been difficult, it has forced the members of this community to wake up and ask ourselves what the river means to us, and what we want it to ‘look like’ in the future. Important questions. It is essential that the solution benefits the residents of Almonte for years to come.
Since moving to Almonte in 2002, I have walked around and across this river, and have paddled its waters more times than I can possibly count. In recent months, I did even more of this. The difference was that I did it with the intention of capturing it in images. In so doing, I became more conscious of the way our river intersects with its banks, the bridges, automobiles, humans, the sky, and the architecture. If you have never stood on the railway bridge to take a ‘360 degree’ turn – it’s a must. In fact, the most impressive thing to me is that the four bridges crossing the Mississippi allow us to view the town from many different levels and angles. One can see the front of buildings from one direction, and the backs and sides of buildings from another. All kinds of materials come together along its banks; stone, metal, cement, wood, organic material, snow and ice. With the changing light and seasons, there is never a dull moment. Let’s treasure this and plan wisely so that others can too.
This series of digital paintings were done on my iPad, with an app called Procreate, a conductive brush, and my fingertips. The images were printed at Tony Mihok’s in the Heritage Mall on Mill St., Almonte.
Printed on an Epson 9900 archival eleven-coloured (pigment) printer, lightfast for 200+ years. Printed on archival, acid free 100% cotton fine art paper.
Limited edition prints of 10. Unframed prints $100.
Contact me at 613-256-8809 or www.jennifernoxon.com
Jennifer Noxon – Bio
I love everything to do with the process of creating, be it lyrics to a song, a melody, a good meal, a sculpture, or a painting. This is when I feel most alive, most vital and most connected to the world. If my day is not going so well, I make something, anything, and things change for the better. It’s that simple.
I returned to painting ten years ago after a long hiatus in which songwriting and performing took centre stage. To ease back into the visual world, I based my paintings on photos taken on walks in the fields and forests where I live. This helped me reconnect with the basic elements of design – composition, line, colour, shape, texture, light and shadow. Nature really is the best teacher on so may fronts.
I tend to paint in series with common threads that tie one series to the other to the other. My work is a blend of observation, impression and instinct. I always feel there is more to learn. Making things and trying to interpret the world keeps me humble. I hope my work instills you with a sense of wonder.