Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Artist Profile: Leslie Tucker Jenison

Leslie Tucker Jenison
San Antonio, Texas

1. What other ideas for this theme "rituals" did you have?  A shared toast with my women-friends & rituals of remembrance.

2.  Are you involved in any community or group projects where you donate your work?  if yes, what project or projects?   I have participated in every FiberArt For A Cause fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, The Texas Quilt Museum, and The Alliance for American Quilts, among others.

3.  Do you belong to a small group of like-minded artists?  yes/no  Name/where?  What is the best part of being part of an art group?   I am fortunate to belong to several groups:  The Austin Art Quilt Group, Eight That Create, Art Cloth Network, Fiber Artists of San Antonio and the Modern Quilt Guild.  Collaborating in a supportive environment is the best part of these groups.

4.  Are you a member of a professional art organization, such as SAQA?  Have you ever held a volunteer position in the organization, and if so, what?   I am a professional artist-member of SAQA, serve on the conference committee for the Surface Design Association 2013 conference, and serve on the board for The Alliance for American Quilts. 

5.  What is your favorite palette of colors that you use in your work?  Name 5.  Name 5 of your least favorite colors?   Faves:  Gray, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Orange, Chartreuse.  Least Faves:  the horrid mid-80s-era country blue, mauve, seafoam green, beige.

6.  Describe your creative work space in 20 words or less.  Are you messy or tidy?  I make a huge mess when I work.  Then, I clean it up. 

7.  What is your creative process?  Think, draw, design, make or right to the design?   It varies from project to project:  some ideas feel more intuitive and I jump right in, others require more thinking, note-taking, drawing in my sketchbook.

8.   Is there a particular object or shape that shows up repeatedly in your work?  Why?   Rounded, amorphous circular shapes.  I have an endless fascination with surface tension and the effects of pressure upon objects.  I love cellular imagery.

9.   If you had to choose a favorite artist from another media, who would it be, and why?  Favorite painting genres:  Impressionism (Mary Cassatt), Fauvism (Mattisse, Dufy), Abstract Expressionism (DeKooning), Surrealism (Dali).  Sorry, I can’t choose just one.  Each, in their own way, defied the status quo and pushed boundaries, personal and with the medium.

10.  Have you written a book related to Art Quilts and Quilting or have an instructional DVD?  If so, can you tell us the title or titles?   I have been a contributing artist to several books (The Journal Quilt Project, The Sketchbook Challenge), published numerous articles for Quilting Arts, an interactive article in the premier edition of “Surface Explorations” e-mag, have had images in a number of other publications, and have a workshop dvd entitled “DIY Surface Design” with Interweave.  

11.  Do you make art full time?   If you have another career, would you describe what you do? and how you incorporate art into your life? I am a full time studio artist, which encompasses a number of activities.  Formerly, I was an RN specializing in all aspects of women’s health and community education.

12.  What is your most thrilling news to date in relation to your art quilt life?   I am thrilled to live an artistic, creative life.  Each facet of my work as an artist, writer, teacher, or curator brings a deep satisfaction that I savor.  I consider myself to be an extremely fortunate woman.


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