Born in New York City, Jennifer Sugarman was exposed to art at an early age, taking her first art class at MOMA at age four, and touring the museum after each class. There she was able to view many exciting works of art that have influenced her throughout her artistic career. She went on to receive her MFA from The University of Mississippi and her BA from Northwestern University.
Jennifer’s early paintings were acrylic canvases so large she had to climb a ladder to work on them. Convenience later drew her to watercolor and the creation of increasingly smaller paintings. Over time she realized she truly loved painting smaller. While large canvases command attention partly due to overwhelming size, jewel-like small works, no less significant or meaningful, quietly ask to be contemplated.
While the scale of her watercolors, and therefore interaction with them, is small and personal, her approach to painting both small and large works is similar. Surface tension, brushstroke, and layers of color combine to create depth of field and interest. Jennifer’s application of the watercolor medium is decidedly non-traditional, using a process she has created over years of working with the medium; her saturated colors create an aesthetic that is unexpected and often not recognized by the viewer as watercolor.
Jennifer’s intent is to invite the viewer into a participatory experience in viewing her paintings. Portals and pathways call the viewer into and through the landscape, out beyond the edges of what is seen. In these imagined spaces, reminiscent of a dream, figures rarely appear, yet a sense of the figure's presence remains - the viewer is that presence.
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