French born artist Jeannelise Edelsten has lived in England for over 27 years. Her practice uses the study of ‘cracks’ to represent her displacement from France to England. With them, she explores fragility and resilience, perfection and imperfection, beauty and ugliness. Her work is increasingly focused on making connections between the past and the present and how the psyche copes with those changes.
In the words of Dr Chris Caple, Senior Lecturer at the Dept of Archaeology, Durham University, ‘We only know things by reference to the past. Therefore we find it compelling to collect and preserve things of that past as they give us an indication of what was before us and how things were made. In this sense, the past allows us to make sense of the present.’
The artist has mastered her own unique way of using unfired casting slip and trapping its dried fissures in many layers of gilding materials, natural pigments and varnish. The cracks give the work an ‘aged’ look, reminiscent of ancient artifacts. The cracks can be directed to form geometric shapes or landscapes. Lately, she has also developed a series of prints, using the solar print technique enabling her to develop further shape and colour studies.
For more information, you can contact Jeannelise through her website http://jeanneliseedelsten.moonfruit.com
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‘Making an Impression’
Exciting printmaking exhibition from Beds, Bucks & Herts Print Society (BBH)
17 November – 1 December 2012
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. FREE entry
Buckinghamshire County Museum
Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Telephone 01296 331441
One Church Street
24 November 2012 – 26 January 2012 FREE entry
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 11-4
One Church Street, Great Missenden, HP16 0AX
‘Hand Pulled Prints’
Hand-pulled Prints Open Submissions Exhibition
Upstairs Gallery 10th November to 24th December – FREE entry
Tuesdays to Saturdays,
268 High Street, Berkhamsted Herts,HP4 1AQ