Jill Slaymaker

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Joyful Moment in this Strange Life, 2017, oil, acrylic, ink on paper mounted on canvas, 70 x 70"
Love Song from the South, 2015, acrylic and ink on wood, circle 14.5"
Not Quite What I Was Expecting, 2016, acrylic, gouache, ink on paper, 26 x 22"
Adventures of an Orange, 2017, gouache on paper, 30 x 22"
Last of the Species, 2016, gouache on paper, 30 x 22"
Artist's Statement

The idea of interconnectedness in the natural world is the focus of my work.  Influenced by a recent art residency in Italy, Dante's Divine Comedy, the Hindu epic, The Ramayana, Japanese textile design and Northern Renaissance painting, among others, my otherworldly environments are often inhabited by figures lost in a chaotic world. I combine fragmented 'puzzle pieces,’ from my sketchbooks, travel photos and other sources, to create relationships between disparate elements. I’m intrigued by the concept from Western physics and Eastern philosophy, that all phenomena are interdependent and interconnected.  Fritjof Capra's writings on chaos theory are especially fascinating to me.  He explains that the movement of many forms in nature previously thought to be somewhat random or 'chaotic,’ such as clouds and fire, are actually measurable, with similar mathematical patterns. I create imaginary cells and species morphing into each other.


Selected One Person Shows
2015 "My End is My Beginning," Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2012 Davis Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain
2003 Gallery Juno, New York, NY
2002 "Musings," Lava Lounge, New York, NY
1994 Gallery Juno, New York, NY

Recent Group shows:
2017 Wrap Around 12, three-person show curated by Renee Riccardo, ARENA, NYC
2017 A Call to Action, Kustera Projects, Brooklyn
2017 Art for Aleppo, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY
2016 Object Relations, curated by Andrea Burgay, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn
2016 Big Small Show, curated by Anne Trauben, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City

Selected Collections: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Davis Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Carolyn Kennedy residence, Tokyo, University of California, Santa Barbara