Jennie Mizrahi, Various Media
Location #19: Micah Place
342 East 3rd Street, Loveland, CO, 80537
Open both weekends
. . . Sensing and perceiving fascinate me
See my Intro Video:
Sensing and perceiving fascinate me. Our senses flood us with information (sensing), but it is only when our brains perceive this information, sorting and making sense of it, that we understand our worlds. As an artist, I explore the many different ways that I can shift how I perceive the world by directing my attention, and representing what I perceive in different ways for others to understand.
In my realistic work, I play tricks with the materials to fool the eye into believing a convincing illusion. In plein air painting, I edit what I see to its basics of shape, light, and color or form, in such a way as to (hopefully) encourage the viewer to fill in the gaps while still appreciating the surface work of the art object. In my abstract work, I create layered worlds that are experiences in themselves, or I use imagery as a shortcut to speak directly to my own and others' associations to make meaning and tell stories, or use juxtaposition to encourage new associations and ideas.
By playing with differing degrees of all of these perceptual filters through my different bodies of work, I come to better understand not only how I engage with the world, but also to empathize with the diversity of perception in all of us. I am constantly amazed by the different ways that humans understand and engage with the world, and just as amazed by our ability to understand one another despite these differences.