I make art objects for magical thinkers.
Repeated use of a cherished object slowly forges associations that become meaningful with time. Everyone has a favorite drinking vessel, personal adornment or piece of artwork that projects something of who we believe ourselves to be. A talisman is an item presumed to attract good fortune or repel harm. Like a talisman, we develop associative feedback about ourselves and our place in the world when the symbols around us create cycles of storytelling in our lives. I am interested in playing with what happens when we intentionally link an image with the intention to produce an effect via magic.
Our presence on the Earth produces ripples of causal effects, radiating outward from the center of our beings, affecting our communities on all levels. These tremors are then reflected back at us through social and physical environments, accumulating ever greater resonance over time. We mirror our perceived surroundings, experiencing a distortion of the real in an infinite exchange. Accustomed to living in a hall of mirrors, what happens when we pause to alter the flow of these unconsciously occurring cycles? Through careful use of materials and symbolism, my work is an experiment in inducing modest transformation through a cultivated relationship with art.
To test my theories, I employ a variety of surfaces like copper, stoneware and hardwood panels, to investigate how images and symbols can act as localized attractors for required change. The solutions to issues of personal and social justice are inextricably linked to the environment and how we relate to her wholeness. These problems can’t be solved by algorithms, but must be carefully explored through intuitive connections to a greater mystery, rather than strictly relying on the utility of logic boards to do the work for us. Each piece is the seed of a relationship, which will grow and flower in accordance with how well it is tended.
Jeanine Malec lives and works in South Minneapolis, is a mother of three, an urban wild-crafter and works casually at Gallery 360 – celebrating 17 years of supporting local artists. She also serves as president of the board of directors for Art Shape Mammoth, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to connecting artists to new communities and supporting the development of artistic practice, dialogue, education, and research through creative public exchange. Nest and Tessellate is a labor of quixotic love, I humbly invite your participation in making magic great again.