After an eventful First Friday at the SEAD Gallery, things are beginning to appear calm once again. However, the gallery is constantly in preparation for upcoming events such as the Meisner Technique Class with David Cox on March 24th. This illusion of calmness leads us to the piece of the week, one of the largest paintings in Jennifer Christy’s “Push Play” exhibit, “Rest Your Mind.”
Jennifer began this piece like all her other pieces, in a different way; she chose to begin her painting process with black paint, a color that she often leaves until the end for the finishing touch. As she moved the paint across the canvas she could visualize hair and created a face to accompany her vision. The cool tones of the face creates a sense of tranquility to the piece. The large eyes of the serene woman balances the chaotic colorful circles that cover the other side of the painting.
According to Jennifer, the painting is somewhat a self-portrait in that it reminds her to remain calm even though her mind may not be at rest. This can be a reminder to anyone who looks at this painting in the Gallery. Take a moment today, breathe in, and rest your mind.