Mixed Media Assemblage Artist

J J Worden

I want to make Things Even if Nobody Cares

Art(for sale)

A Parallel Life


It took me quite awhile to figure out what I saw in this photo, something I'd saved from a magazine and stashed in my collage drawer. Date unknown. I kept coming back to that spindly aerial, something from a by-gone era, a time before. Which got me thinking about time in general, parallel lives more specifically and my Muse ran with it.

A Parallel Life

16"w x 14"h
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo on paper, image transfer, acrylic paint, wax medium

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On the Road


This  was a revisit to "orange and black". Individually strong colours but that in-betweeny mix? Pure Magic. The image was a left-over from the Conversations series. Hwy#2 through New England has many happy childhood memories as well as recent ones ...Tom and I travelled from Washington State across the US following #2. The 302 is a short diversion off it that heads south to Portland. It reminds me of freedom from routine, hot sun, stuffy cabins, warm pine and diner meals. The very best parts of a road trip!

On The Road

7 3/4" x 20"h
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo on paper, acrylic paint, wax medium

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House Up the Street



I chose 4 images before Christmas to work on in the New Year. I'd been pondering the idea of personal vs generic imagery and decide "Houses" would yield both. As it turned out, for me, generic photos don't really work so they sat waiting while I figured out my connection ... my angle. This one became super personal ...the house my sister lived in after leaving home. tumultuously. an hour after she turned 18. At one point I had her face large as life on the light side. Too much. Too far. The words are from a song I would sing to her, Carly Simon's "Older Sister". I feel like I'm getting closer to that line ... personal but not so much it becomes uncomfortable for someone else to own.

House Up the Street

16"w x 14"h
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo on paper, acrylic paint, wax medium

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Queen of the Castle



Sometimes the very thing that hooked you on a photo ...or painting, area, house, life event... is the thing you need to let go of. Such was the case in this original photo of Tom's mom.

I love that damn dog.
Sadly. It just didn't end up working for this piece.

Sorry Pup. Another time perhaps.


Details include backward text from my daughter's calculus book which somehow (hello! Tom!) managed its way to the new house. Fitting given his mom had a Master's in Mathematics. Another bit I love is the circle texture (from sequin waste) juts through the wax. Yum!

Queen of the Castle

14 1/2"w x 11 1/4"h
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo on paper, acrylic paint, wax medium

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Re-Volved


Sometimes a piece languishes in the studio ... maybe it was a practice painting or an experiment that didn't quite work. Or maybe it doesn't speak to me anymore. Part of a canvas panel that I cut up for book boards ... I think. It's been awhile! ... this bit spoke to me so built a cradle panel for it and added wax medium inscribing lines and circles (and my fave plastic circle template's fraction bits that show in the wax=Score!) The title pertains to revolving circles, one's personal evolution and the "Re's": Reuse Recycle Repurpose.

RE-Volved


8"w x 8"h
Acrylic Paint on Artist Panel, handmade cradle board
Wax Medium

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In Dreams We Enter A World Entirely Our Own


This piece was actually created back in 2017 as an exploration after an online plaster and wax class I took. It sat waiting for my new studio to be functional before it was fully finished. The colour palette was close to a series I was working on. As my inner monkeys mulled around the notion of what we show to the world vs what is hidden, I came across Dumbledore's quote:
"For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud."
and I realized it had to be part of the "What Has Been Carefully Hidden series. 

In Dreams We Enter A World Entirely Our Own

20 1/2"w x 13"h
Plaster and gesso on plywood, handmade cradle board
Scanned photo on paper, acrylic paint, wax medium

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Artist Statement

Artist Statement

I'mJen Worden

Maker of Things

I'm still working on this.
The art marketing droids pundits tell me to be amusing but sincere. Short'n'snappy is the goal but please, explain why you're put on this earth to Make Art. I'm sure there will be something about Brain Monkeys. They, after all, are pretty much the reason we ...I... do anything. Unless that's just me. And there's gotta be a bit about living in the back of beyond and why that means Shit To James. Cuz it does. It informs everything. That and being insatiably curious and a Problem Solver. I guess if I hadn't stumbled into art making I'd be an engineer or a quantum physicist. Well. Except I flunked physics. So, I guess I should thank Mr. Watson for my Raison D'Etre.
Or Something.

JEN WORDEN
#notaphoneperson
Nova Scotia . Canada

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