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Represented by Alfa Gallery Miami https://www.artsy.net/alfa-gallery/artist/jennie-l-kiessling
My work is an ongoing investigation rooted in pure abstraction. Through examining the writings of Buddhist philosopher D.T. Suzuki and the writings and paintings of Agnes Martin and Ad Reinhardt, I make small scale, intimate works to express the complexity of that conceptual relationship and its influence on American Modernism. For me, these works including materials such as latex paint, graphite, vellum and wood are diagrammatic and documentary. The subtleties found in purely abstract and minimal work feel like a puzzle with potential, a particular energy that is wordless. A viewer’s attention and time is needed to activate the puzzle. It is not necessarily something that is solved, but it can be pondered; I am in constant pursuit of feeling the edge of that truth.
Born and raised in Chicago, I arrived to live in the Western states in 2000; a plan I made after my first, of numerous trips, in 1980. My work is in private collections, shown locally, nationally and has been published by Phaidon Press. I am a recipient of NEA and NEH grants. My graduate work was completed at the University of Chicago; my undergraduate work completed at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
I have taught for the Art Education Department of School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Art Depts. of Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming and Naropa University. After serving as Lead Faculty for Visual and Media Arts in CADHu (Department of Creative Arts Design and Humanities) at Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, Colorado, I have returned to my work as an adjunct faculty member which provides focused time for my studio practice and research. In addition, I have served as the Assistant Director for the Division of Continuing Studies (SAIC), Cultural Enrichment Manager for the Chicago Park District, the Communications Coordinator for the Wyoming Arts Council and Assistant Director of the Hatton Gallery at Colorado State University. My studio is located at Artworks Loveland.
Contact: J.L.Kiessling (at) gmail.com