Press Release 11/2/17
(Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that area artist and acupuncturist, Jessica Ifshin has her artwork displayed in the Library’s gallery from November 2 through December 29 in an exhibition titled Redux: A Selection of Artwork.
Connecticut based, self-taught artist and acupuncturist Jessica Ifshin was born and raised in NYC. Jessica’s appointment as New Milford Hospital’s first Acupuncturist-On-Staff brought her back to the East Coast from San Diego, CA. Her approach to painting is derived from “abstract expressionism” which is based on a style emphasizing spontaneity and subconscious creating. She has been inspired by Rothko, O’Keeffe, Pelton, Chagall, and Kandinsky among others.
While studying East Asian medicine in San Diego, Jessica became fascinated by the similarities between the movement of “qi” (vital life force, pronounced ‘chee’) in the body’s energetic meridians, the flowing nature of paint, and the shifts of energies and emotions that colors are capable of conveying when blended.
Jessica refers to her style as “color work:” the exploration of color synergy which expresses the fluidity of movement and the dynamic intensity of emotions. There is a freedom and freshness in her work. Jessica hopes that each piece evokes, stirs, and invites the viewer to both ponder and celebrate life.
“The dictionary meaning of redux is: ‘brought back; revived.’ Usually when I have a showing of my work, I want to deliver new, fresh, never-been-seen-before pieces – to keep it juicy and interesting – because I am fortunate enough to have people who repeatedly attend my exhibitions. Not this time. Every piece hanging here has shown somewhere before, and therefore has been brought back for your viewing pleasure. I tell myself, when anthropomorphizing my paintings, that they are thrilled, tickled, and delighted to have eyes and light upon them. Hopefully they
serve to provoke emotion, contemplation, and conversation – again and again and again. No matter how many times one gazes upon them,” says the artist.
Come meet the artist at a reception on Friday, November 24 from 4:00 to 7:45 p.m. in the Gallery. It is free and open to the public. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to kentmemoriallibrary. The public is invited to attend. For more information about Jessica, go to myartisyourart.com.
The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.