Jeanne Gentry Keck Baltimore, USA

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Its Hopeless but Not Serious arose from listening to a farmer who had lost his crop to drought for several years in a row. As he described his dire situation there was a lilt in his voice–not despair, while his interviewer sounded so somber in contrast. When the farmer was asked what he was going to do now he said, Well, I guess it is like the general said, ‘Its hopeless but not serious’.

I absolutely loved that encounter because it speaks to the resilience of the human spirit. This has been inspirational to me at so many times in life and can be applied to any life situation. To grow in the courage to express life’s discoveries honestly is the personal challenge of my work.  I trust this process to reveal not only what is personal but what is also universal. My work embodies an inner language that comes from an exploration and innate urgency to understand and make sense of life. The materials I use are oil, acrylic, and mixed media which consist of straw, lint, paper, foam core, wood pulp, celluclay, cotton, velvet, fur and various found objects.