Jeanne says... I love paper, more specifically the cutting and pasting of it. For the last two years or so, I have been making collages. They all feature images from my favorite paintings. I love being able to re-imagine them - to give them a different twist.
I like to think of the faces as steadfast companions, whether they mark the page in a book, are tucked in a pocket, or watch over me from a place on the wall. The timeless beauty of the 500 year old images offers me a respite from the modern world.
All of the items Jeanne creates are very small... no more than a few inches and are meant to be displayed or simply held as treasures by the romantics among us.
This miniature shrine was inspired by Jeanne's love of Mexican crafts and the long tradition of carrying objects for personal devotion.
My intent with each collage is to remove them the images from their past context and create a new story around them... a story that I hope will resonate with others, inspire their imagination.
I want the viewer to become involved in the story I create with my scissors and glue, and not to be preoccupied by what the original painting had been about. For example, many of the images are of Madonnas, but I will often turn them into a Demeter or Persephone.
This is a laminated bookmark that features hand cut flowers and sequins.
Jeanne also collages small matchboxes by embellishing them with sequins and glitter, and then applies a coating of acrylic medium to create a gem-like surface. She covers the drawer with brushed paper, adds a pull cord, and sends the box complete with a paper fortune.
Sometimes Jeanne perforates the backing and fills the drawer with French lavender as a version of the centuries-old tradition of carrying a pomander to mask odors. It can be opened on your nightstand to allow the scent to lull you to sleep.
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