Jackie Skrzynski
     I am interested in the concept of “half-life” which describes a state when half of a substance has dissipated and half remains.  While often used in measuring radioactivity, the term resonates for me when applied to a fallen tree.  As it ages, a tree gets invaded by insects, drilled by woodpeckers, and covered by vines until it falls over dead. This marks its half-life. While it no longer “produces,” the tree continues to nourish the ecosystem as it decays. To me, this suggests a way to approach aging. Like the tree, I feel myself dissipating into my surroundings.  To see aging through the lens of nature makes visual and philosophical sense.
      These are my thoughts as I draw, using charcoal and pencil because I love the physical immediacy of making marks. Ranging in size from a few inches to several feet, the drawings evolve slowly from hours of concentrated time and attention. While my references can come from facial features, roots, brain cells, and vines, I also allow forms to emerge during the drawing process. I explore what I find visually compelling and trust that impulse. Suggesting anatomy and botany, my drawings merge interior and exterior.
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