Barbara Rita Jenny, DURA MATER

The artworks in this exhibition are part of Jenny’s current body of work, Dura Mater. The outer most, protective lining of the brain, the literal Latin translation is “tough mother.” In addition to being a studio artist and “one tough mother,” Jenny has been teaching visual art for 25 years. The pieces in the show are both product and process to meet the interests of viewers who are both art aficionados and students. Here, Jenny shares recent large scale reliefs while also providing a view of her working process in drawings and collages. These pieces demonstrate Jenny’s effort to process, understand, and cope with the neurological disorders that challenge three of her loved ones.

 “When the PMAC art committee on which I sit, looked to me when considering artists for this exhibit slot, I was honored—and thrilled. Much of my work sits in my parietal lobe and laptop hard drive, waiting for motivation to actually realize the imagery in full-scale tangible form. I’m excited to see this work on the wall!

 While the formal aspect of this recent work may harken back to the AbEx paintings of Grace Hartigan and Helen Frankenthaler (these were my teen heroes, by the way) or tongue-in-cheek series like Lichtenstein’s Brushwork paintings, my work has a conceptual grounding that is equally important to the final form: neuroscience and the mysteries of the brain…and love. And—as in my previous SkinPrint work—always, hope.”

ARTWORK WILL BE ON DISPLAY FEB 4 – APR 5, RECEPTION FEB 8, 5:30 – 7:00 PM