“Regard this fleeting world like this: Like stars fading and vanishing at dawn, like bubbles on a fast moving stream, like morning dewdrops evaporating on blades of grass, like a candle flickering in a s strong wind, echoes, mirages and phantoms, hallucinations, and like a dream.” The eight similes of Illusion from the Prajna Paramita Sutras- The Buddha

All of my work reflects my interest in the inner dreamlike realms of perception in relation to light, color and space. It is the transmission, reflection, refraction, dissolution and ethereality of light that inspires my creative process. We only see light because it falls onto something. It changes moment to moment depending on how we interact with it. It is this play with light that led me to the medium of glass, a material with an amorphous structure existing as both a liquid and a solid material at the same time. Materially it speaks to both fragility and strength. Whether working in kiln formed glass, paint or photography, I focus on gradients: of hue, tone, opacity, transparency, form and formlessness. The overlapping and subtle transitions between these elements is the point of interest for me.

My recent work includes exploration of the halation effect, which points to how color is perceived relative to other colors surrounding it. It is also understood to be the blurring of light and color surrounding a bright area, like a halo or aura. Ultimately, for me, these visual experiences mirror the internal experience of a luminosity and spaciousness in which one can pause, slow down, and rest in contemplation. Ultimately I am interested in a visual language that points to how the beauty of life is held within a profound fragility of impermanence.

Jenn Shifflet

 

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 “Regard this fleeting world like this: Like stars fading and vanishing at dawn, like bubbles on a fast moving stream, like morning dewdrops evaporating on blades of grass, like a candle flickering in a s strong wind, echoes, mirages and phantoms, hallucinations, and like a dream.” The eight similes of Illusion from the Prajna Paramita Sutras- The Buddha

All of my work reflects my interest in the inner dreamlike realms of perception in relation to light, color and space. It is the transmission, reflection, refraction, dissolution and ethereality of light that inspires my creative process. We only see light because it falls onto something. It changes moment to moment depending on how we interact with it. It is this play with light that led me to the medium of glass, a material with an amorphous structure existing as both a liquid and a solid material at the same time. Materially it speaks to both fragility and strength. Whether working in kiln formed glass, paint or photography, I focus on gradients: of hue, tone, opacity, transparency, form and formlessness. The overlapping and subtle transitions between these elements is the point of interest for me.

My recent work includes exploration of the halation effect, which points to how color is perceived relative to other colors surrounding it. It is also understood to be the blurring of light and color surrounding a bright area, like a halo or aura. Ultimately, for me, these visual experiences mirror the internal experience of a luminosity and spaciousness in which one can pause, slow down, and rest in contemplation. Ultimately I am interested in a visual language that points to how the beauty of life is held within a profound fragility of impermanence.

Jenn Shifflet

 

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