JenMarie Zeleznak


JenMarie Zeleznak creates work that’s introspective, emotional, and spiritual. The animals in each piece represent the self while retaining their own gestures and forms, all of this occurring in an in-between space that Zeleznak builds with watercolor pencils.

I need to establish physical and emotional intimacy with my process and subjects. Anxious mark making fills in my animal forms, as layers of gradients and nuances of color blend together. I meditate in these moments. I work with watercolor pencils in a manner both sensitive and crude, using my saliva and sweat, hands and fingers to manipulate the material onto paper. This personal and direct connection, much like caressing or grooming an animal, gives me the intimacy I need in the work as I bring the animal into being, inducing an empathetic response.





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