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Jeanie Gooden | With Wings


October 5-November 16, 2013
Closing Reception: November 2nd, 6-9 pm


Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present With Wings- New Work by Jeanie Gooden.  Gooden begins painting for a show with two goals of which she has come to think of as "Art" and "Heart." The "Art" portion is to reach beyond the comfort zone of previous work. The "Heart" portion is an internal exploration of thoughts, emotions and experiences that inspire her to begin layering the canvas.

Translating what she feels in the moment is what motivates Gooden's process. Though she feels it rewarding when her paintings are seen as beautiful, that it not her initial goal. For Gooden, it is more important to create paintings that connect with the people who come to see them. Gooden's desire is that her paintings communicate strength, be it soft and tranquil, or powerful and impacting.

Gooden's work is non-representational, using a variety of mixed media. She has learned that "never say never" is a true statement, for she once vowed never to "stick things onto canvas".  In recent years, Gooden's paintings have become increasingly layered using a variety of materials to build the surfaces.

When choosing materials and techniques for the paintings to be shown at Tinney Contemporary, Gooden maintained the hand stitching which she has used for several years, and, in some cases, added the new element of metal. The integration of the softness of canvas with the more rigid nature of metal added the dimension that she was hoping for.

The paintings in With Wings were created in two countries- Gooden's studio in the United States and in her studio in Mexico. Gooden lives and works between the two places, so in many ways she literally need "wings" to fly between the two. At a deeper level, Gooden drew from life experiences that have called for her spirit to fly during moments of challenge. Her hope is that those who attend this show will see something in the paintings that connects them to a common experience.