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JEANNE GENTRY KECK Studio: 3500 Parkdale Baltimore, MD 21211 Keck studied at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA and the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH. She received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT in 1995 and was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council grant in 2010, 2000 and1996. Keck worked in independent studio programs at the Contemporary Art Center, North Adams, MA and Assisi,Italy. She was an artist in residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative... more

2021 SCULPTURE SERIES

This work began in early months of 2020.  When the invasion of the news of Covid - 19 arrived, I was in my studio as always, but unable to continue the paintings in progress. Frankly, unable to work at all for several months.  Thoughts became endless investigations of this new reality:  awareness of losses, awarenes of grieving, the unknown, awareness of limitations, the unknown, scarcity, hoarding, the unknown, ugly face of selfishness, fear, the unknown, consummerism and the unknown.

Recycles materials are familiar to me because I have used them always in my paintings. I began to work again, reconfigurating  the piled up Amazon boxes, other emtied household products, paint filled papers used for cleaning brushes and  other found objects to make these sculptures.  They are serving as a record of an unimagined world, mine of couse, but one in which we have all shared.  So, once again... alone together. 

Accidental Freedom

This series "Accidental Freedom" are works that came about because of the world I found myself in 2020.  This body of works are collages made up of pieces of paintings, found art and debris from the  process of painting itself.  These collages provided a kind of puzzle solving and a creation of a finished piece with the joining of the unexpected, the "not suppose to happen" or "not suppose to be there".  In retrospect I realized I was expressing the "not suppose to happen" and recording the history of this experience,

2020 Sculpture Series

This work began in early months of 2020.  When the invasion of the news of Covid - 19 arrived, I was in my studio as always, but unable to continue the paintings in progress. Frankly, unable to work at all for several months.  Thoughts became endless investigations of this new reality:  awareness of losses, awarenes of grieving, the unknown, awareness of limitations, the unknown, scarcity, hoarding, the unknown, ugly face of selfishness, fear, the unknown, consummerism and the unknown.
Recycles materials are familiar to me because I have used them always in my paintings. I began to work again, reconfigurating  the piled up Amazon boxes, other emtied household products, paint filled papers used for cleaning brushes and  other found objects to make these sculptures.  They are serving as a record of an unimagined world, mine of couse, but one in which we have all shared.  So, once again... alone together. 

Strange and Shallow Walls

Journeys Around the Sun

Time and my changing perceptions of it are compelling to me.  This interest and pursuit for understanding exposes a self inquiry and thus brings to my work a collaboration of poetics, words and paint.  This current series called Journeys Around the Sun explores that delicious slowing of time that reveals the wonder of the mundane as well as the extrordinary in the human experience, the extrordinary ordinary.  My personal struggle to allow vulnerability is revealed in the layers of the work.
"The knowledge of impermanence that haunts our days is their very fragrance".  Rilke

ALONE TOGETHER

I create textured landscapes to reflect the projection of a thought or event into color and line-delineated space.

Words and Paint/Uncommon Dialogue

This body of work is a collaboration of words with a writer. I painted from inspiration from his works and he wrote from inspiration from my paintings. This collaboration resulted in a book: Words and Paint/ Uncommon Dialogue

Novels of the Every Day

This body of work concerns the moments and stories in the every day. These observations of what one often dismisses as incidental and not important are the gatherings of the profound and puts one clearly in the present.

dealbreakers.com

Dealbreakers.com is a body of work about relationships. The work focuses on the stumbling blocks we often put in our own way and the unrealistic expectations that can assure failure. It looks at the hilarious to the devastating of this never dying seduction of the quest for love. The wonder and mystery of the human experience continues to be the muse.

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