Unfolding: Paper Cutting by Jennifer Lee Reeves

Paper Cutting by Jennifer Lee Reeves
2012
4′ x 4′

Join us Friday, December 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. View the work and meet the artist.  

Jennifer is a figurative and abstract multi media artist. Graduating from PNCA in 1998 with a BFA in Sculpture, her final thesis was based in the concept of the process of creating and becoming. Early on, she realized her work was a direct reflection of her emotional and mental world, a result of as well as a medium for understanding. She appreciates allowing her work to define itself and show her what is happening within.  After graduating she went on to create a life by starting a family, home and garden. This series of artwork represents the realizations of these years.  

Jennifer explains that this work came about synchronistically when she was given the actual paper during a dark time in her life. She says “ My Aunt Marie gave me many rolls of this bulletin board paper when she retired from her 40 yrs of elementary school teaching. I had been overwhelmed with child rearing and sought ways to make art however I could and this meant involving my children.  Working with the paper felt natural to me, reminiscent of the bolts of fabric I grew up immersed in, with my family line of women textile creatives. My children and I began folding and cutting without a plan, playfully. We folded, cut, and pasted chaotically until inspiration hit and order began to show itself. I felt and saw a unification of everything I was experiencing. The creating and unfolding of my life’s gifts. The structure contrasted with the flow. The flowering of color and light pouring forth from what had been a deeply dark and internal life. This work was born out of processes of my bachelors thesis which showed the cocooning and remnants of structures outgrown.” 

Akin to classic mandalas, these pieces balance the simple with complex. The simple structure of the circular form allowed Jennifer to work intuitively, knowing she had the room to flow freely and the composition would still be compelling.  Working large, she says, always was important. “When I work large, I can use the full extent of my body to orchestrate movement into my work. I feel this brings forth a physicality and figurative influence to my visions that working small restrains.” Making art is a process of personal healing for her, allowing a personal restructuring and re-centering to occur. She strives for her work to be a gift of healing for others as well.