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Jane E Zweibel
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My most recent and on-going work consists of what I call “stuffed paintings”, which are sewn, stuffed and painted sculptural objects. The idea of a “stuffed painting” subverts the more conventional notion of a “painted sculpture”. The materials I use in these pieces include canvas, cotton fibers, thread, glitter, and acrylic and oil paints. My work attempts to push and blur the boundaries and conventions of sculpture and painting, and of traditionally male dominated “fine art” and female generated “craft”. It also takes a progressive and challenging approach to figuration and narrative in art. This work allows me to bring together content and form in new ways. A major theme in my work is an on-going exploration of issues of identity, in particular female identity. I use self-portraiture as a subject through which I can express and conceptualize meaning in a chaotic world. My “stuffed paintings” actualize images that reference physical and psychological states of being. In my work, I am interested in the interweaving of private and public realms. My content is culled from a range of sources: personal and collective history, current societal issues and concepts, mythology, the human body and psyche, and the interplay of reality and fantasy. My hybrid personas embody the conflicts, losses, and connections between childhood and adult, and factual and fictive, lives.
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