When Jennifer Love Gironda is not teaching or with the Art Hive crew covering events, she is making art…ALWAYS making art. Jennifer made a commitment to making art every day in January 2012 and hasn’t missed a day since, creating well over 1100 works! Jennifer believes that Maya Angelou said it best, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” The Rickie Report shares some of Jennifer’s artwork and urges you to stop by Art-Sea Living in Delray, the Brewhouse Gallery (for the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Exhibit) or Gallery 2014 in Hollywood, FL. to see her artistry. We believe Maya and Jennifer! Here are a few pieces from her “Miss Matchy Matchy” series.
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With all of her exuberance, Jennifer tells us, “The pieces below are from my January 2015 series, ‘Miss Matchy Matchy’. I love jewelry (seriously…I even started a blog just for jewelry!) and for this series I found inspiration in, what else? My jewelry! Each piece was in some way inspired by a piece that I own, which I explain on my art blog and also provide links to the jewelry on my jewelry blog”.
“I created a main ‘character’ for the series, a fun, fashion-loving gal named Miss Matchy Matchy and her cat, Trinket. Later in the series I introduced her friend Jewel, along with her cat Gem. And the ‘final’ piece in the series is the ‘fairy glam-mother’, Iris Apfel! ‘Final’…not sure this series is over…”
Jennifer tells The Rickie Report, “Life is tough and full of negative truths. In my own life I have known poverty, instability and loss of loved ones. For me, making art fills up those dark places with light and love. My goal is to put some whimsy and light out into the world, a little of my heART. I am inspired by the female face, by fashion, by flowing hair. I love color, and texture. My favorite artists include artists from history, such as Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo, and René Gruau. I am also influenced by artists working today in a variety of genres, from the street art of Kazilla, the altered books of Teesha Moore, the mixed media works of Sunny Carvalho, the textiles of Susan Sorrell and also fashion illustrations.
“The faces I create are an ongoing narrative of the happenings of a contemporary, quirky woman who is not afraid to be happy, sad, serious or downright silly. I depict her in a variety of moods, with stretched out limbs so that she can handle her daily adventures with grace. I always opt for an exaggerated eye to maximize her expression, which is often a state of wonder at the world around her”.
“I explore this character through diverse styles and a variety of media within monthly themes, creating a new piece each day. I often include hints of my own daily happenings, such as places I am visiting or people that I am around. While my work is spontaneous, the way in which I work…daily art within monthly themes, it is very structured and organized, which gives me a sense of calm”.
“I also have a side passion I call ‘Angel Dropping’. I leave small angel paintings for people to find, often in places where I feel folks could really use an angel, like in the recovery or loss section of the book store. The thought of people finding these angels, or looking at my art and it making them smile feels my heart with joy and love…I put that back into making more work”.
Jennifer grew up in North Carolina and moved to this area six years ago with her husband, a professor at Nova Southeastern. In her formal training from the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. , she received a BFA and MAEd from ECU, focusing on not only Art Education but also Textile studio. She has training in drawing, painting, ceramics, metals, and of course fibers. Screen Printing, dye-work and hand embellishment/beadwork are her favorite textiles techniques but she always go back to my first loves, drawing and painting. Jennifer teaches high school art and is a Board member of the Palm Beach Art Educator’s Association. She also contributes to Art Hive Magazine, where she write an article called, ‘Artin’ with the Muse’ .
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