River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson

Fragmented Horizons

“Fragmented Horizons” expresses my love of repeating patterns and my need to both create order from chaos and make art that provides a peaceful and meditative experience, where I can lose myself in the creative process. This is one of a collective body of work called “In The Wind”, a series of visual artworks, along with an accompanying poem, that are based on a recurring dream I have where I rise from the ground and fly over land. The overall design is also a repeating pattern when printed in multiple panels alongside each other, collaged, or digitized. This artwork was created by hand printing my carved linocut onto paper with varying coloured relief inks. I then cut these into alternating 1x2” and 2x2” pieces, then collaged them onto a panel such that the repeating pattern is realized with movement and shift in colour. Relief printing is an ancient printing technique where the artist carves a design into a solid block of material, in this case linoleum. Once the design is complete, the block is inked with a roller. Paper is then placed over the block and hand rubbed or run through a manual press to transfer the inked design onto the paper.

This 23.75 x 29.875" artwork is matted and framed to 29 x 35". Price is $650 plus taxes and shipping.

IN THE WIND

In the wind high on the breeze
you’ll find me chasing earth’s slow shift
where leaves slip quietly from trees,
they float afar… wend their way down,
blanket landscapes terraced by time and mist.
Rain and moss carve cracks in rock while dragons fly,
eat from air, and high above in the wind,
amongst these leaves and traveling seeds, I fly free
over hills that fill my bird’s eye view
with patterns and the colour of change.
With wings I climb, my eyes scan ground and sky,
and in my dream I dance the air - soaring, soaring high -
dodging lacey leaves and hopeful seeds migrating in the wind
to places few have ever been.
Once there, they rest a while, then spring to life,
paint the earth with promise tinged a soft new green.

by Jan Jenkins, 30 August 2017