Purity is a celebration of life and experience, a journey of recovery and discovery held at Box Hill Community Arts Center Gallery.
Jul 03, 2008 – The body has long held a fascination for Jennie Rosenbaum. Since starting life drawing at a young age and pouring over medical anatomy texts, it has always been a source for inspiration for her art. However, since a car accident in Box Hill in which Jennie suffered a lasting disability, this fascination has become something more like an obsession.
In July 2004 Jennie and her husband were involved in a t-bone car accident at the corner of Canterbury Rd and Station St in Box Hill (http://www.bhcac.com.au). The past few years have seen Jennie struggling to regain her mobility and independence after her resultant chronic pain disability. Prior to the accident Jennie was a successful IT Project Manager with excellent prospects. When it became clear that this would be a permanent disability Jennie had to resign and found herself at a loss for a purpose. “Painting was always a hobby before, now it’s become a lifeline – something that drives away the pain. it’s given me so much to focus on.” And, as she progressed with her art, her keen interest in the nude and it’s connection to the mind and spirit grew exponentially.[learn_more caption=”Read more…”] This connection is particularly obvious when viewing these artworks. Minimal nudes in white with brightly colored lines, these paintings focus on purity of line and form, telling a story in a few short strokes. the lines are delicately formed, reminiscent of calligraphy and are repeated several times over until the perfect economy of form and function is achieved. in a fickle, fast-drying medium, this presents an additional challenge, but this technique represents so much about Jennie, carving what you want from what you have and working diligently until the end result is achieved. The end result in Jennie’s case is a successful art career. “I could have given up when it all came crashing down, I could have given into the pain and resigned myself to depression, but instead I chose to look on this as an opportunity to pursue my love of art and try to forge a successful career from the ashes of my former life.”
With the help of the Internet, Jennie has been doing just that. Even though she has to lie down at her computer she has built contacts with galleries and collectors worldwide and has been exhibiting and selling pieces locally and internationally for the past three years gaining momentum, awards and critical acclaim. Jennie is also becoming well known as an outspoken blogger writing about nude art, censorship and controversy at http://www.jenniespalette.com. It seems fitting that Jennie’s first solo exhibition premiers only 150 meters from the site of the car accident that started it all. It’s the culmination of Jennie’s motivation and drive, coming full circle. The art works have a sense of hope and optimism that mirrors Jennie’s own.
The exhibition is entitled Purity and is showing at Box Hill Community Arts Center Gallery from the 3rd of August until the 8th of August. The opening is a laid back afternoon tea on Sunday the 3rd from 2-4pm. more details are available on Jennie’s website at http://www.jennierosenbaum.com
# # # Jennie Rosenbaum is an artist specializing in contemporary nude pieces. She works continually with her passion for the human body, exploring contemporary styles and media. Her art is rich, frequently confronting and varied in style, context and meaning. here[/learn_more]