Color Field Dancing, 2016, vintage magazine collage and watercolor on paper, 13.25 x 20 inches
On View: June 27 – August 25, 2019
Reception: Saturday, July 13, 2-4 p.m.
My personal life experience is always where I begin as a designer and creator. Photos, billboards, magazines, colors, shapes and symbols have become increasingly present before my very eyes. These images become part of my current visual culture. Throughout most of the 20th century, depictions of food, clothing, customs and every aspect of daily life were publicized in magazines providing a visual context of my American culture.
Our lives are all intertwined by either a single thread, strand or fiber. In each of my designs, a common thread is presented between each element whether it be tangible or intangible. Found objects, such as magazines from the 1920s to the 1980’s and other various materials build up a sense of history, authenticity and objectivity. Through my creative practice of collaging vintage images or creating new compositions out various media, I find the context to a narrative.
My personal experience has also constantly been influenced by dance and music. The arts have not only played an important role in my life but also in American history. The arts bridge the gap of cultural differences and help to find a common ground where at times words have failed. My artistic inspiration and future endeavors have so much to yet to be expressed as I continue to explore my personal life experience and American culture through my creative process.
Jennifer G Thompson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, grew up in the hospitable state of Mississippi, and has finally found the way back to Texas. While Mississippi is where this artist attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with emphasis in painting, the Dallas/Fort Worth area is now where Jennifer educates students in the field of art. She teaches high school students art, sculpture, and AP 3D while also pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications. Jennifer’s teaching skills have also been extended while serving as Camp Director at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas for the past 5 years.