Piece of the Week: Unforeseen

Piece of the Week: Unforeseen

We are coming to the end of Jennifer Christy’s “Push Play” exhibit at SEAD Gallery and only two more pieces will be featured on the website. One of the two is “Unforeseen.”

When looking at “Unforeseen,” it seems similar to Jennifer’s other paintings; it consists of circular shapes, repetitive paint strokes, thick textures, and contrasts between light and dark colors. However, when told the story of the piece, “Unforeseen” becomes a more intricate painting, one that can reveal something new at each glance.

“Unforeseen” was first a piece of wood on the floor in Jennifer’s studio; it caught the drippings of a different piece of work. As she was working on the painting, she looked down at the drip catcher; pathways of paint were being created organically. Intrigued, Jennifer picked up the drip catcher and began to paint on it. After many hours and layers of paint, she found satisfaction in the final composition, reminding her of the style of Aboriginal dream art.

The story of this painting allows for a connection between the viewer and the artwork. It serves as a reminder to look around in our life for the unforeseen beauty that we may often miss if we choose not to look.