Artist/ Jenny Wertheimer

Manchester, United Kingdom

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Jenny-Wertheimer

Jenny Wertheimer

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The practice centres on the relationship between painting and photography, which is a combination of the two separate forms. It works with their amalgamation, based on an appreciation of the historical and contemporary relationship of the two and the use of collage has been the main arena of investigation.

The practice centres on the relationship between painting and photography, which is a combination of the two separate forms. It works with their amalgamation, based on an appreciation of the historical and contemporary relationship of the two and the use of collage has been the main arena of investigation. At the beginning of these explorations, flowers and their associated painting tradition were at the heart of the practice. Floral collage allowed unique and unexpected hybrid imagery. Strategies for avoiding the formulaic have created a dynamic in the work that oscillates between polar opposites and thus the works are conscientiously a balance between the natural world and the artificial. Repeating patterns in nature are employed which have the appearance of the mechanical until the reveal upon closer inspection. Straight lines are utilised to create tension between the more organic painting languages within. In certain works there is the use of large white areas, containing the printed image and autographical within an area or shape consequently creating a new indistinct experience. Spontaneity and improvisation in the work produced is central and the importance placed on the immediate recognition of an image has now diminished. Thus the work increasingly invites ambiguity and greater openness for interpretation. Multi-layering and juxtaposition allows the re-contextualisation of otherwise specific imagery. Introducing new tools to paint with that were not so easily controlled was imperative to developing the work as paint and printed matter began to subtly merge further through the mark making process.

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Florida 1996

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