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NEW YORK, NY – The art of Jennybird Alcantara will be on exhibition and for sale at AFA of SoHo beginning this October. The collection of original works includes oil paintings, works on paper and mixed-media dolls. In “Curious Nature”, Alcantara uses the symbolism of duality to explore the connection between life and death, as well as the beauty and cruelness of nature (including landscape, animals and humans). The exhibition coincides with the Artist’s featured story in Hi- Fructose Magazine‘s October 2013 issue.
AFA will host a reception for the Artist on October 19th from 6-8PM. RSVP requested via 212.226.7374 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery is located at 54 Greene Street in SoHo (corner of Greene and Broome). The exhibition runs through November 15th. Admission is free and open to the public.
RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST
“CURIOUS NATURE” EXHIBITION
While the majority of the collection is oil on wood, it also includes art dolls inspired by Alcantara’s works on paper. Her creations have been described as morbidly romantic, and connected via a dreamlike narrative. Through her paintings, she contemplates the complex interconnectedness of opposites as seen through the prism of myth, fable and fantasy. The anthropomorphic qualities in her characters show the relationship of the central figure to the world she inhabits. The show’s featured piece, "The Curious Nature of Extraordinary Beings", is the largest in the collection, measuring 56"x72" unframed.
Alcantara lives in San Francisco, and received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited broadly in the US and Europe and published in many publications including: Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz , Raw Vision, and Art Doll Quarterly.
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Artist’s Statement: Curious Nature
Curious Nature is an exploration of inner and outer worlds and a playful exchange between the two. The characters are fused with nature, the external 'garment' is a metaphor for the internal world, rather then wearing her heart on her sleeve 'she' is wearing her heart from collar to hem. The organic elements that flow out from her core are a fusion of flora, fauna and flesh. These strange garments embody the essence of her being, her inner workings on display… Her body is ornamentation, a scared space, a glass house.
I'm interested in exploring what it means to be a human sharing this tiny planet with all of the other creatures, plants and elements. Through my use of flora and fauna integrated with the main character, I’m speaking to the connection and often divisions between all living things. I try to capture a sliver state in-between consciousness and a dream state. I like the character to hover in that space, in between worlds.
There is also a tender melancholy in the work. Part of the inspiration in this series came from childhood memories of bee and bird funerals. We engaged in this ritual when we happened upon a deceased bee or the occasional baby bird that fell out of the nest and didn’t survive. My older sister would play the 'minister'. I would make the coffin out of a small box lined with tissue and flowers and we would hold the ceremony on the side of our house, with the neighborhood kids in attendance playing the mourners. This memory is so vivid in my mind and the more I think about it the more curious it becomes. We were rehearsing sorrow and using that ritual to create meaning….'The curious nature of extraordinary beings.'