Jill Joy – She’s Come Undone – oil on canvas – 60×72″ – 2013 – Available
I struggle to market these works…they are so different from my other series, Consciousness. It’s like I’m a bi-polar artist. But when someone is drawn to an energy painting, and better yet purchases it (so I can keep going!) it’s a profound and intimate experience.
Recently I’ve been putting together a small catalog of these works and I wrote this short poem to express the process of creation of these emotion based “energy” paintings. I’d like to know your thoughts.
joy, sorrow, awe, anger, longing
I become emotion
it pours through my body
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Hi Fellow Bloggers and Followers, If you find yourself in or near San Diego next weekend, you are invited to celebrate the grand opening of my new studio. On view: recent paintings from The Consciousness Series.
1,100 sq ft studio located on the 2nd floor of the Art Center Lofts building above the New School for Architecture. Featuring the acoustic music of Crumb Dread. Art, food, drink, music…What could be better?!
Love (human love as opposed to Divine Love) is a crazy, messy thing. I began this painting in New York around 2002 and finished it a couple of years later in 2005 shortly after re-locating to San Diego after my husband and I separated.
Jill Joy – LOVE – oil on canvas – 72×48 – 2005 – Available
My experience of Love, true and lasting Love, is that it’s a journey. This was true of my relationship with my former husband (now friend) and has also been true of my current love which was has been an evolving process for 8 years.
I believe to truly love there has to be a purification of the ego (at least in my case there was). First I needed to really learn to love myself and meet most of my own needs and then I really needed to learn that I have to let people be who they are – it’s the greatest gift of love – acceptance.
This painting is from a series entitled Love and Other Words, a small group of large paintings I completed in 2005 and 2006 that explore the idea of love and incorporate words or poetry. It is thickly painted in oil and highly textured. The word “Love” is built up in relief on the canvas. Painted on primed canvas and stretched on hand built 2” stretchers, signed lower right.
Your soul has a special mission. Your soul is supremely conscious of it.
Maya, illusion or forgetfulness, makes you feel that you are finite, weak and helpless. This is not true. You are not the body. You are not the senses. You are not the mind. These are all limited. You are the soul, which is unlimited. Your soul is infinitely powerful. Your soul defies all time and space.
Can you ever realise your soul? Can you be fully conscious of your soul and be one with it? Certainly you can. For, in fact, you are nothing other than the soul. It is your soul that represents the natural state of consciousness. But doubt makes it difficult to realise the soul. Doubt is man’s fruitless struggle in the outer world. Aspiration is the seeker’s fruitful confidence in the inner world. Doubt struggles and struggles. Finally it defeats its own purpose…
Every artist needs a place to work. I just recently moved into the space below, 981 square feet in the East Village in San Diego. I’m on the second floor over an architecture school. I can’t tell you how exciting and terrifying this move was and is. For the first time in my artistic life I have ample space to work, show and store my paintings.
Moreover there is adequate ventilation, privacy and ability to control the temperature. These seem like small things, but they are not. Space cost money and quality space costs even more. So this is a huge leap for me…out on my own, trying to make it all work. “Live the dream” as they say. I had no idea how hard it is to live the dream, but it’s my dream and I can’t live any other.