Kent library gallery features paintings by Jessica Ifshin
Published 12:00 am, Thursday, November 16, 2017
KENT — The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that area artist and acupuncturist, Jessica Ifshin has her artwork displayed in the library’s gallery through Dec. 29 in “Redux: A Selection of Artwork.”
Ifshin, a Connecticut based, self-taught artist and acupuncturist, was born and raised in New York City. Her appointment as New Milford Hospital’s first acupuncturist on staff brought her back to the East Coast from San Diego, CA. Her approach to painting is derived from “abstract expressionism” which is based on a style emphasizing spontaneity and subconscious creating, she said. She has been inspired by Rothko, O’Keeffe, Pelton, Chagall, and Kandinsky among others.
While studying East Asian medicine in San Diego, Ifshin became fascinated by the similarities between the movement of “qi” (vital life force, pronounced ‘chee’) in the body’s energetic meridians, the flowing nature of paint, and the shifts of energies and emotions that colors are capable of conveying when blended.
The artist refers to her style as “color work:” the exploration of color synergy which expresses the fluidity of movement and the dynamic intensity of emotions. There is a freedom and freshness in her work. She says she hopes that each piece evokes, stirs, and invites the viewer to both ponder and celebrate life.
Residents can meet the artist at a reception on Friday, Nov. 24 from 4-7:45 p.m. in the gallery. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to kentmemoriallibrary. The public is invited to attend. For more information about Jessica, go to myartisyourart.com.