News: 1/21/2009  

Jolynn Krystosek @ Lux Art Institute

Jolynn Krystosek is in town and the new resident artist at Lux Art Institute.  Hailing from New York, Jolynn's wonderfully detailed work ranges from paper cut-outs to watercolor birds adorned with real feathers to wax floral relief carvings.  We asked Jolynn a few questions about her work and specifically about her large gallery installation piece at Lux.  

Sezio: Your carved wax pieces are really unique.  What made you start working with wax?  What are the major challenges of working with such delicate projects?

Jolynn Krystosek: Five years ago I was making large-scale enamel paintings with fabric collaged on the surface. I was using wax as an adhesive. I became really interested in the material and what could be done with it and started experimenting. It was through this experimentation that I began the wax relief carvings. What interests me about a material is being able to push it to its limits of sustainability.

SZ: Your work carries a theme of having beautifully intricate texture.  Do you always strategically map out your compositions or do you concentrate from layer to layer?

JK: With the wax carvings I never do any sort of preliminary drawings. I work layer-to-layer or cut-to-cut. I usually begin a piece by choosing a type of plant whose form I am interested in carving. I always have a lot of source material around the studio to reference. One of the reasons for this is that the wax works are very unforgiving. There are no corrective measures once I pull a mark up. So, I like the compositions to have a natural growth, where I am responding to what is happening with the wax, how it is curling and pulling up. The paper cut outs on the other hand are totally planned out prior.

 SZ: What in your life influences your work most directly and where do you find inspiration?

JK: Nature is where I gain my inspiration. I am also influenced a great deal by old botanical illustrations and Dutch baroque still life paintings from the seventeenth century.

SZ: Tell us about the 8' by 10' paper installation you are creating for LUX.  Is it common practice for you to make something of this scale?  What is your approach?

JK: I will be at Lux during the month of January working on a site-specific piece, which will be permanently installed in the artist residence. The piece is a new venture. I will be building a large scale paper wall collage, layering white on white papers adhered directly onto the wall creating a botanical scene of native flora from the region.  The piece is similar in scale to my paper cut outs, but drastically differs in its approach. It will be entirely flat and the spatial elements will be achieved by the various textures and tones of the papers. It will be a very perceptual piece due to its subtle presence in the space. One's awareness of the work's presence will shift with the time and light of the day; sometimes standing out, while at other times slipping into the most subtle moments we can visualize.

The exhibition runs January 10 - March 18, with Jolynn in-studio through January 31.  Come by tonight's Lux @ Night event and meet the artist-in-residence herself, Jolynn Krystosek.

Tags: Art, Lux Art Institute, Jolynn Krystosek

1 Comment

awesome, can't wait to see this
Zack Nielsen made this post on 1/21/2009 at 12:13 pm

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