Jenny Crowe 2016 Marker on Paper "Untitled"
Marker on yellow paper
From the studios of Visionaries + Voices – a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies, and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities.
An untitled marker drawing on yellow paper by Cincinnati-based artist Jenny Crowe (20th/21st century), created in 2016. This work features one of Crowe’s trademark subjects exhibiting unspaced, crowded script endlessly running across the paper in orange and brown marker. The work is mounted on a white surface, presented under glass, and housed in a white composite wood frame.
Jennifer Crowe approaches her work with an intense focus. Whether pushing oil pastels across paper, slicing drawings into pieces for assemblage or using glue to piece together a collage she always handles each material with determination. She has loved to fill journals as long as she or anyone can remember. The fragments of text combine poetry and the mundane in a struggle to find a whole in her experiences. Crowe’s words are layered enough to visually flatten itself to become powerful and immovable forms. Her process is methodical, working from left to right and top to bottom filling the void of empty space until the viewer is trapped somewhere between the impulse to read and a pure visual experience. The fragmentation in her work comes from her philosophy that “fragments of life get pieced together like a puzzle.” Her new collage work communicates this viewpoint brilliantly, the shapes, pieces and colors cut apart and reconstructed to form pieces refined in their splintered beauty. Crowe currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she has been making art at the Visionaries and Voices studio for years. She keeps journals of autobiographical writing, which slowly have become more entrenched in her art making process. Her work has recently been exhibited in the Underlying system is not known at Western Exhibitions in Chicago and the Outsider Art Fair in New York.
- minor wear scattered throughout frame; paper backing to frame verso is peeling off.
- measurement of frame; paper size measures approximately 8.5" W x 11" H.