About Me

I’ve always been a fairly reclusive artist, never really wanting any kind of online presence, content to live in relative obscurity. But political climate of the last few years has caused me to come out of the closet, so to speak.  I’ve become increasingly concerned about what’s happening and wish to join the artists using imagery and social commentary to add to the collective dialogue steering the course of the country. Art has the power to produce social change and I’m hoping that if there are enough of us, we can create a course correction to a better direction. In times as these, I believe that it’s important to speak out if you have any kind of venue at all. So, that’s why I’m here, baring my soul and psyche in visual imagery and social commentary instead of hiding in the shadows.

They say that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Freedom, equality, inclusiveness, and social justice are important to me.  I believe that love is love, that we should strive for peace, and that we should care for the planet and its people. I also believe we should use truth, facts, and science to direct our collective decision-making. We’re down to the wire to tackle climate change. We can no longer pretend it isn’t happening. We ignore these things at our own peril.

 

My background in human behavior often shows up in my work with open heads and mazes where the mind would be. That I’m drawn to the surreal is obvious. Sometimes I want to invite people to think. Sometimes I just like weird stuff.

While I want to use imagery and social commentary to call attention to what’s going on, I’d like to add a sprinkle of hope as well. Jung said, “The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” Humans are a resilient species. We have survived tremendous challenges in the course of our evolution and I believe we will survive the challenges we face now. We can kindle some light in this time of darkness. But it’s going to take each and every one of us to make that happen. So here’s to like minds working together to build a better tomorrow. We can do this. Push forward. Save the future.

 

Jacquelyn

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