Featured Artist of The Week: Jean Edmonds!
"I followed after my older brother alot; pretty much everything he did I would mimic in some way.
He drew, I drew. I can't really explain what happened as we got older, but I believe I definitely
delved into the arts more. It's all related, all forms of art, in one way or another. It's all connected
in an endless flow like a river. I love to express my emotions through color, especially with a
song off an album I'm into at the moment. Singing helps me in expression as much as
sketching, printmaking or painting does. Whatever colors come to my mind when I hear a
particular song, I can't wait to get them out on paper or canvas. They are temporal in how
quickly they fleet, like our emotions. Capturing one's feelings is like waiting for the right moment
to snap a picture, a once in a lifetime opportunity that must be seized at the right time. This is
what, I believe, makes an artist, in one way or another."
Artworks in order:
Eternal Hearts, 2021, Digital painting, $70
Eternal Hearts is a part of a digital painting series using a sketching app.
Love is an eternal feeling as well as a decision; the past, present and future are all
separate but still one. I wanted to convey the feeling of oneness to the viewer as well as
transparency. Knowing your past can help you better understand your present and
therefore offer assistance in deciding your future to an extent. The colorful stripes
represent that time is ongoing and endless, constantly moving forward and that love can
be joyous and wonderful. The black outlined hearts represent that though love cannot be
seen, it is extremely vital, causing our souls to be ever changing with emotion yet still
ongoing with time.
Ferns, 2005, Photography, $50
Ferns is a photo of a leaf patch taken in a park in Piscataway, NJ. It was a
part of a project for my Photo I class. I attempted to capture the ferns in lighting that
would show off their lush green hues and bits of yellow from the sunlight. The time was
around 4 in the afternoon, and the sun was beginning to set. The best time to have taken
this picture, I believe, in which many various colors had the chance to mingle with one
another, and create a playful dance for the viewer's eye, an escape into nature's simple
but beautiful bliss.
Man in Subway,2 007, Printmaking (Lithography), $260
Man in Subway is a multi-colored lithographic print. It depicts a man who is
about to depart on a journey. The colors ascend from a dark brown to yellow starting
from the center all the way out, symbolizing darkness into light all in color, making a
somewhat mundane trip, whether to or from home seem quite the opposite. Alot of life
can seem monotonous and boring, depending on how it's perceived, otherwise certain
moments can seem and be quite adventurous, if you permit it.
Kaleidoscopic, 2005, Sketching/Drawing (Pencil & ink), $190
Kaleidoscopic is an original textile design. My attempt was to create a sort
of a stop-motion look, conveying a playful and animated theme throughout. Tools used
were # 2B pencils, a 12" ruler, a stencil, a freeform stencil and Sakura ink pens.
Two Hands, 2007, Printmaking (Lithography), $375
The first piece, "Two Hands," was done using the relief printmaking method
lithography. It begins with me first tracing one hand and then tracing the other
overlapping the first. Carving the outline of my hands to create negative space, I then
decide on the hues of a dark red and purple. The theme I attempted to convey was that
of a primitive feel, almost like caveman drawings. I want the viewer to also sense the feel
of ' togetherness' and nostalgia, beckoning for simpler times.