Jennifer Kapnek – An urban artist
I was born in New York City, and currently live in Portland, Oregon. Portland is a city with a genuine artistic presence and appreciation.
I am constantly awed and inspired by the natural beauty in this State.
I have found a quiet poetry in painting images of trees on wood. I aim to evenly blend process and product, and yield works that are instinctively pleasurable, inclusive, welcoming and inspiring to a diverse audience.
I describe my work as Eco-Modern Iconography. Extracting from the natural world, I isolate, examine, and elevate small details into my subject matter and statement. My work is always in reverent homage to nature. Three dimensional elements, rough or broken edges, branches and texture are a constant. Capturing and incorporating these objects offer instant access to history, endurance and preservation. These concepts are integral to me.
Inspired by color, I saturate the field with many layers of acrylic paint. My work is made of wood, and is constructed to be enduring. Dimensional elements are pre-drilled, secured with screws, and points of connection are engineered to disappear. I build my pieces to be durable. I am driven by line, obsessed with the transition of color, and consumed by the honing and refining of my approach to detail. My work is visually uncomplicated, yet very intentional. I focus on a clean simplicity with sharpened intention, and a demand for balance. Material choices, composition and color theory are given equal weight
I am driven to explore objects and themes that reflect the calm and majesty of our world.
My most current work marries identified tree branches to serene, color drenched fields. I have titled this the “historic” series. Working with arborists, verified branches are returned to their former selves (the lilac painting has an authenticated lilac branch). This subtle exploration of identity and individuality is very exciting to me, and where I am the most focused today.