Jenny Lawton Grassl


(Boston, USA)







The focus of my recent work is writing from poetry, prose and stock quotes in paint. I am interested in the form and feel of language, the shape, line, color, and layering of letters and numbers. The paintings are not readable, but existing texts (The Odyssey, Gertrude Stein, Walt Whitman, and the Wall St. Journal for example) form the basis for the work. Before this I created my own words using the technique of Automatic Writing.

Sometimes I feel like a scribe, chronicling the myriad messages that travel through space among people (books, talk, texting, e-mail, Facebook, advertising), a dense thicket of information.

The Flag Series came about because my diptychs seemed to represent states of feeling and circumstance. The densely painted canvases side by side communicated meaning in their minutiae up close and from a distance. The views signify flags of ownership, territory of a people corresponding to states of feeling. I have also painted some signal flags which carry a loosely interpreted signal from actual flags.



Jenny Lawton Grassl is an artist and poet working in Boston, MA. Her work is currently part of an exhibit on view at the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL. More work can be seen at:







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