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Tools for Detecting Angel Wings


(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss


All works are 30"x40", oil on canvas, some with 22-karat gold leaf. Prices are available upon request.


(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss
(c) Jennifer Axinn-Weiss


Once I recognized the potential of Art as a meeting place between the immaterial and material worlds, I found the title of this work "Tools for Detecting Angel Wings" a suitable call of intention.

"As Above So Below"
By naming this series, I am called to visually engage with very subtle aspects of experience. Although I have been an artist for almost 25 years, I feel I am still just beginning to access the subtle in my work. In general, making art has always been the way in which I process experience, specifically, this work helps me reconcile my experience in Buddhist practice with the secular world. References to earth and sky serves as as metaphor for my own inner processes, earth reflecting what is more material, and sky the immaterial.

The process of painting is like working out a puzzle. An intuitive flash presents itself to me, and it is my job to work it out through color, form and texture. I feel myself to be translating very abstract feelings and experiences. As I mature as an artist, I balance between painting spontaneously and controlling my impulses. almost like one side of me makes a mess, and the other tries to make sense of it. It reflects a conversation between my intuitive side and my logical side. I have to restrain myself from the tendency to cover up the "mess" which often becomes the most intriguing part of the work.

Alchemy
Art provides a visual map of internal processes. When I found myself incorporating 22 carat gold leaf into my work, I felt it was a very good sign. My training as a sandplay practitioner has allowed me to study the symbolism of Alchemy, Jungian archetypes, and to better understand how these operate metaphorically within inner psychological processes. I have been inspired by painters who have also dealt with similar subject matter, such as Odilion Redon, who is a personal hero.

My thesis in graduate school "Tools for Impossible Tasks" called upon the mythology of the Ovid, stories of transformation. The work contained within this current series is a further evolution of that work.

"I dreamt I found an angel wing in the
road, a car had run it over, and a little
boy was crying"

—1988

Reflects the general tendency of this time, this work is a call to stay in contact with the natural world.


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