From my studio in the Bronx, I study and experiment with the interposition of patterns and the landscape, natural rhythms that have been perceived and explored by artists in cultural patterns throughout art history that are now also being described through science and math. My work explores the interrelation of the chaotic, but discernible fractal nature of life, and investigates the way artists have perceived and represented this nature in art throughout time and space. And how the timeless unearthing and investigation by artists and scientists into the nature of life relates to and inspires me personally.
Outside my studio, I travel to ancient, cultural and natural places and museums of the Mediterranean, Near East and America to research art history and uncover patterns in the cultural and natural landscape.
I research and engage the iconography of art history with an emphasis on the role of women, piecing together a story that is not in the written record, a story that has been downplayed and distorted, but of which traces remain in imagery.
Through my work I engage in the conversation between compassion, memory, continuity and connectedness on the one hand, and the looming shadow of an ominous future. I have dedicated myself to the realm of the imagination, exercising my own and honoring the history of great women and men who have enriched the world through their own prodigious imaginations.
Photograph in studio for Bronx Artist Documentary Project.
Photo by Ron Terner.
Jennifer Tomaiolo - Artist