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Nail polish got me started. As a kid, I would scrape together a pocket full of nickels by cashing in bottles at Lou’s liquor store, then proudly saunter over to the Zody’s on Valley Blvd to trade my coins for nail polish. Every color of polish. This was my kind of paint since it stuck to everything and it sparkled.

 

I covered everything in nail polish, from Barbies to transistor radios. My Dutch parents, still learning the ways of America, we’re puzzled by their first-born daughter’s artsy tendencies, but they still encouraged me to be independent and creative while plying me with old-world Zoute Drop licorice treats that tasted like wonderful salty car tires. Mmm!

 

Dixie appeared when I was seventeen. She was my high school art teacher. Dixie helped me to understand how priceless a formal art education could be, and she steered me towards Cal State Long Beach, where I earned a Masters in Art.

Currently, I continue to explore many mediums: photography, ceramics, oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics and construction. My creative boundaries are ever-expanding as they lead me towards new unknown territory.

 

Squares are my favorite art shapes. I fill them with meticulously-crafted paintings, low-relief sculptures, and constructions of all sorts. Working with canvas, paint, plumbing hardware, wood, Original Gourmet lollypops or paper, I configure moments of my life and present them through dynamic images. Sculpted waffles find themselves glued to a canvas; faces of babies act as counterpoint to an acrylic reworking of the Home Depot logo.

 

Female identity appears regularly in my work, linked with historical art references, pop culture and the polarities of life and death. The subject matter is as prominent as my choice of artist’s materials.

 

Deeply multi-media, my pieces weave through the wide span of my thoughts, leaving the viewer to conjure their own meanings, memories and mental images.

 

Recently, I’ve been exploring fluid shapes and color in a series of abstract expressionist paintings I call internal environments. By layering glazes of acrylic inks, acrylic paint and nail polish, I bring luminosity to the canvas. The color-laden results are my responses to the sights, sounds and smells of an emotional past.

 

Exhibitions include the Neutra Institute Gallery and Museum, Palos Verdes Art Center, El Pueblo Gallery, Pasadena Public Library, South Bay Contemporary, USU Art Gallery – CSULB, and The Armory Center for the Arts. 

© 2020 Yvonne Jongeling