Jackie Skrzynski
   Throughout her career, Jackie Skrzynski’s work has challenged physical and psychological boundaries between humans and nature. Most recently, she collapses the perception of interior and exterior space, suggesting similarities between botany and anatomy. Skrzynski describes her references as pulling from facial features, nerve cells, tree roots and vines. Her daily walks through the woods near her home provide inspiration and a sense of connection with a larger natural system. Observing growth, decay and rebirth, she intends to convey her perception of nature as equally beautiful and unsettling. In the safety of the studio, she depicts what she finds visually compelling, allowing her subconscious to manifest through imagery and mark making. Ranging in scale from a few inches to several feet, her works engage the viewer with texture, form and light.
   Art Historian Carol Duncan wrote that Jackie’s imagery “avoids completely the cute, the cuddly, and the sentimental,…If she breaches the boundary between the human and the animal, she does so to challenge its veracity and retrieve something of value on the other side.”
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