“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 strong wind, echoes, mirages and phantoms, hallucinations, and like a dream.” The eight similes of Illusion from the Prajna Paramita Sutras- The Buddha 

My work is an exploration into the inner dream like experience of time, fleeting moments of perception, and abstracted light and color reflections of the natural world. It rests in the pause between: the internal and external, micro and macro, emergence and dissolution. Time unfolds slowly through subtle interplays of color and shifting light. 

A fascination with light as metaphor for an internal luminosity inspires my work. We only see light because it falls onto something. Our experience of it changes moment to moment depending on how we interact with it. Working in the mediums of glass, paint and photography, I create orchestrations of light, color, space and form in different, but analogous ways. 

By nature, the potential interactions between light and glass are limitless. It can transmit, reflect, absorb, refract and hold light. As a material, glass points to the space between oppositions. It has an amorphous structure, existing as both a liquid and a solid substance at the same time. It is beautiful and dangerous, fragile, yet very strong. By process it inspires symbolism, as an alchemical material made from earth, transformed by fire, water, hand, breath and time. 

The kiln formed glass work is tedious, as I make all of the tiny balls of glass which make up my panels, through numerous firings in the kiln. The element of time is important in this work, as it is also a slow and meditative process of arrangement once they have been created and are ready for placement. 

Whereas glass allows me to play with light directly, the paintings symbolically allude to momentary light effects, such as halation, which points to how color is perceived relative to other colors surrounding it. Or the blurring of light and color surrounding a bright area, like a halo or aura. Each painting is slowly built up in time, of many thin transparent glazes that eventually create deeply saturated color, luminosity and an expanded sense of space. 

The photographic works on aluminum give me the opportunity to catch fleeting and mysterious light effects that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Using a transparent photographic dye sublimation printing process on aluminum, the light areas shimmer and reflect light from the metallic surface as the image presents an abundance of refractory effects.  

By working with a visual language that speaks to how the beauty of life is held within a profound fragility of impermanence, it is my hope that the viewer takes the time to pause, slow down, and contemplate this moment of perception. 


-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 strong wind, echoes, mirages and phantoms, hallucinations, and like a dream.” The eight similes of Illusion from the Prajna Paramita Sutras- The Buddha 

My work is an exploration into the inner dream like experience of time, fleeting moments of perception, and abstracted light and color reflections of the natural world. It rests in the pause between: the internal and external, micro and macro, emergence and dissolution. Time unfolds slowly through subtle interplays of color and shifting light. 

A fascination with light as metaphor for an internal luminosity inspires my work. We only see light because it falls onto something. Our experience of it changes moment to moment depending on how we interact with it. Working in the mediums of glass, paint and photography, I create orchestrations of light, color, space and form in different, but analogous ways. 

By nature, the potential interactions between light and glass are limitless. It can transmit, reflect, absorb, refract and hold light. As a material, glass points to the space between oppositions. It has an amorphous structure, existing as both a liquid and a solid substance at the same time. It is beautiful and dangerous, fragile, yet very strong. By process it inspires symbolism, as an alchemical material made from earth, transformed by fire, water, hand, breath and time. 

The kiln formed glass work is tedious, as I make all of the tiny balls of glass which make up my panels, through numerous firings in the kiln. The element of time is important in this work, as it is also a slow and meditative process of arrangement once they have been created and are ready for placement. 

Whereas glass allows me to play with light directly, the paintings symbolically allude to momentary light effects, such as halation, which points to how color is perceived relative to other colors surrounding it. Or the blurring of light and color surrounding a bright area, like a halo or aura. Each painting is slowly built up in time, of many thin transparent glazes that eventually create deeply saturated color, luminosity and an expanded sense of space. 

The photographic works on aluminum give me the opportunity to catch fleeting and mysterious light effects that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Using a transparent photographic dye sublimation printing process on aluminum, the light areas shimmer and reflect light from the metallic surface as the image presents an abundance of refractory effects.  

By working with a visual language that speaks to how the beauty of life is held within a profound fragility of impermanence, it is my hope that the viewer takes the time to pause, slow down, and contemplate this moment of perception. 


-Jenn Shifflet

 

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