A painter, poet, writer, recorder of dreams and traumas, instincts and ruminations
Featured Artist Jean D. Sobon
Cautionary Step, 10”x 10”, Mixed media on canvas
As a painter, poet, writer, recorder of dreams and traumas, instincts and ruminations, Sobon builds her images layer-upon-layer, both structurally, and conceptually. Each work ‘grows’ organically, as does every living thing – with the germinating seed of an idea, planted in fertile soil, to its full flowering and the fruiting of the next generation of the new seeds of other art works.
Her ideas often begin as a word, or as a single image. With each addition of another material, each change of media or tool, any morphing of the original idea into another, the work changes – and may grow into an entirely different species of the ‘seed’ first ‘planted’ in her mind.
Sobon’s works, too, grow slowly. Her ideas often begin as a word, or as a single image. Each addition of another material, every change in a tool or rearrangement of visual element, word, idea, alters the direction of the work. Sobon works in an internal conversation with the developing art work. There always come points where the work directs the artist, rather than the artist being in control. Making an idea visual is, in this way of working, Sobon’s means of creating a unique, living entity, which any other fertile mind can grow, into their own unique form, with their own unique hand, and with the nourishment of their own experiences.
Many of Sobon’s artworks become narratives – stories shaped like dreams, woven from seemingly unrelated visual threads of memories and emotions. Some speak to the uneasy relationship between humans and the rest of nature. Others explore our search for equilibrium between the world ‘out there’ and that within ourselves. Most ask questions, leaving answers to be found by each viewer. In Sobon’s artworks, you, the viewer, become a living extension of what began in her mind. She believes that we are all part of an unending story – that of life.