"Approximations " an exhibit curated by Jackie Reeves, will be on display in the Koussevitzky Art Gallery at Berkshire Community College (BCC) from Tues., April 16 through Thurs., May 16.
Reeves states "I start my paintings without a plan. It's like taking a road trip with no map or destination in mind, only knowing that I want to go somewhere I haven't been before. I often get lost in the layers of paint, not knowing what I am painting, what it is about, what it all means. Eventually I recognize something that looks familiar to me- a color, pattern, shape or person and I'm back on track. I never reach a destination however, for as soon as I think I have arrived somewhere a whole new set of painting issues and curiosities arise and I'm off on another journey. Along the way paintings are left behind as evidence of my search for meaning. These images are all experiments, approximations and beginnings, over and over again.
My work is rooted in my own personal history and the day to day experiences of raising three daughters with my husband. As a woman, artist and mother of adolescent girls, witnessing and experiencing growth and change are inevitable. I use materials and processes that show evidence of chance and spontaneity. Whether it's spills of paint on canvas, pooling watercolor on mylar or ink bleeding into rice paper, the unpredictable outcome becomes the playground where I bring abstract and figurative elements together to co-mingling in a space."
Jackie Reeves was born in Montreal, Canada. She received her BFA in Design Art from Concordia University, Montreal (1990), and MFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA (2012). She has been actively involved in community arts as co-founder of Plymouth Community Arts Center (1998), and as a commercial and community mural painter for fifteen years. Jackie has exhibited her work throughout Cape Cod, Mass as well as Boston, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Washington DC, and Vermont. She has been a resident of the United States since 1995 and currently lives with her husband and three daughters in Sandwich, Mass. She works at Chalkboard Studio in Barnstable Village and is represented by Gallery Ehva in Provincetown.
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