Barosh observes: "In Soul Bolt, Reeves’s immaterial figures present different degrees of psychological anguish and absurdity. The diminutive beings, cobbled together accumulations of painted debris, play out silent scenes of operatic grandeur or teeter on the edge, in parody of the Sublime. A new level of mystery is introduced when Reeves begins to pair the figures with photographed landscapes, placing the iconography of the dream world onto a representation of the real, replicating the inside-out feeling of terminal illness... Jennifer Wynne Reeves lived every moment of her life for art, sustained to the very end by creativity in its purest form, emotional honesty, and a striving for spiritual transcendence. Her work lives on reflecting her graceful humility and passionate spirit..."
Pagel writes that Reeves' works "are suffused with more sadness than most would want to experience in a lifetime, much less an afternoon. But delight also enlivens Reeves’ juicy paintings. Racing upward, like the fizz in a soft drink, that elusive pleasure pops when it hits air: a miniature Minimalist firework for the attentive... Deftly switching from abstraction to figuration, they reveal an artist who believed that the most potent art was also the most flexible; able to roll with the punches and dig up insights wherever they might be found."
Sharon Butler posts recent words of inspiration for fellow artists by painter Jennifer Wynne Reeves. Reeves passed away over the weekend.
Reeves statement begins: "If, BIG IF, I don’t live another year, my prayer for you, for the art world, is that creatives banish doubts about breakthroughs because if we can’t imagine Pollock or Polke breakthroughs are possible we won’t have them and won’t be able to see them. Artists are not merely subordinates of the market place. We explore space in undefined delta quadrants. There’s plenty of time to find them as long as our minds stay open as long as we welcome invention."
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