Where do you seek inspiration, or if by chance, where does it find you?
What gives you pause and makes you take notice?
What stirs you?
A NOTE FROM LA REE FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL, RACHAEL NOV
Mindfulness, discovering beauty and finding inspiration in the world that surrounds us is an ongoing conversation between us at La Ree Boutique. I wanted to explore this subject further by curating an intimate experience that would allow us to connect on a deeper level with one another, with our clients and our community. Art allows us to do that. Art is a catalyst. Art elicits an emotive response in all of us.
We are living in emotionally fueled times and now more than ever it is important for us to support the arts. Especially the artists within our community that are creating work that speaks to us socially, emotionally, as well as aesthetically. It’s essential to be able to have a conversation about what is going on in our world and find a common thread.
With this in mind, I am pleased to introduce An Evening With Artist; a quarterly gathering to eat, drink, and most importantly, feel inspired and connected through art and dialogue. We are honored to partner with artist Jennifer Ament for our premiere collective.
What first caught my attention about Jen and her artwork is she’s this creative powerhouse and a general badass that doesn’t hold any punches. Yet when you’re in her presence she exudes this quiet confidence and there is this palpable feeling of calm connectedness. Her progressive vision and voice shine through in her paintings. Join us, the evening of July 26th to see for yourself! xx
Using a blowtorch like a paintbrush, I create abstract encaustic paintings – organic interpretations of minerals, landscapes, and celestial forms. Encaustic allows me to slowly construct and hide imagery as if we’re looking at something under the surface of a frozen lake or discovering the secrets embedded in an agate. I’m interested in the dualities of revelation and concealment, depth and surface, past and present.
My process is intuitive and experimental, but strongly connected to history. I use traditional encaustic materials and processes – beeswax, damar resin, and colored pigment on wood panels – combining tradition with contemporary expressionism and hints of personal narrative.
I experiment with scale as well. Larger panels (up to 60 inches across) surround us in ethereal topographies and smaller (12 inch) works draw us into intimate encounters with texture and depth.
While my paintings are not literal, they can refer to personal memories or physical encounters with the natural world. I frequently draw on my involvement in street culture, the underground music scene and my love of the rugged natural environment of the Pacific Northwest. Titles such as Sex with Drake or Crash of Winter allude to these personal connections but it is also important that the works open up far beyond myself
I strive to create paintings that are, themselves, immersive experiences, evoking sensations that are fluid and meditative but edged with intensity. I am often inspired by loose, soft, natural phenomena but like to combine these elements with stronger forces. Again, contrasts appeal to me, like the beauty of a decaying, fallen tree or a painful memory softened over time.
Jennifer Ament is a printmaker and painter. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the West Coast and in New York City, including the Frye Art Museum, The National Arts Club, Out of Sight, Gage Academy of Art, and The Vera Project.
Her commercial clients include Starbucks, The Derschang Group, Frankie & Jos, JuiceBox, and The Runaway. Her large-scale public murals have been commissioned by Urban Artworks and Starbucks.
Her work has been featured in numerous art and style publications, including Architectural Digest, Huffington Post, Elle Décor, The Jealous Curator, Sunset Magazine, House Beautiful, Seattle Met Magazine, Seattle Magazine, GRAY Magazine, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and Luxe Magazine.
She received a BFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art in 1995 and has since studied at the Gage Academy of Arts and the Pratt Fine Arts Center. She is the founder of Artists For Progress. She lives and works in Seattle, WA.
*Featured images and detail shots of work by Jennifer Ament. To view her full gallery and artwork for sale, visit www.jenniferament.com