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JENNIFER SUELLEN RYE BA MA
Born in Hertfordshire in 1969, she studied at Wimbledon school of art and North Wales School of art and design. She has been awarded her BA and MA in Fine Art. Painting is her passion; She paints and teach in her studio in North Wales.
She uses and incorporates many materials in her painting process and her central focus is on colour and texture. She is very influenced by the German artist Anselm Kiefer and his insights into Landscape and memory.
She is currently studying Art Therapy Masters degree at Chester University; once she graduates, she will be a fully qualified psychotherapist using the arts. This will enable her to offer art therapy and art lessons to the community.
In 2019 she has a solo exhibition planned in New York.
Artist about her work: "By expressing yourself through art, an art therapist can help you see things about yourself that you otherwise may not have comprehended. Art therapists can help you process emotions and feelings that you are struggling with, so you can begin healing. Since art therapists are trained in the arts and, obviously, in therapy, they are capable of guiding you through the process of creative expression. They are also quite capable of providing insight into your creations and helping you understand certain aspects of yourself.
The fundamental concept of art, as a form of expression, is as old as the ancient cave drawings made by prehistoric man over 200,000 years ago and were created out of an innate human tendency like that of speech and tool making. My inspiration comes from the relationship between nature, humankind and the universe.
The landscape should be felt and read with all its relevant facets.
Throughout the centuries, the land has provided us with shelter, food and medicine. Human existence is reflected in nature, from birth, death and rebirth of each generation. This has been in the centre of our mythology and folklore for centuries.
My work is made up of layers of different art materials like the layers of the fabric of the land, each one revealing a layer of a narrative in the history of each one of our lives. Embracing all the hope, happiness, sadness and pain that we are.
I work with paint, paper, canvas and photography to create a sense of something that could be felt and embraced from the moment of engaging with the work.
Ever since I was a child, I have loved the architecture of the landscape with its ever-changing colours and magical star filled night skies. It is very important that the viewer feels they can reflect on there own relationships that they have within their own world.
I start a piece of work from a drawing in my sketchbook or from a photograph taken from my camera, the camera works as a catalyst plucking out a moment in time, the sketchbook and camera are very personal to me, they go with me everywhere, this is where the narrative begins. Back in the studio I build the work into a finished piece."