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Jennie Traill Schaeffer - Discontented Chair

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2024 Making Matters

Jennie Traill Schaeffer - Discontented Chair

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Part of my Take a Seat series of works that look at the duality of comfort/discomfort and support/lack of support. This is the first piece in oil created after the beginning of the war in Ukraine. It's also the first work where the seat is not open to us, it's facing down and away, and the path is blocked. While I'm moving towards working from sketches that I've painted from direct observation, this piece developed from a photo reference of a snow covered rocker blown over during a blizzard in the mountains of NC, combined with elements seen at Duke Gardens in Durham. The path suggests hopefulness - in it's moving away from the chair, up to the horizon, as well as the warmth evoked by the yellow tone, slightly reminiscent of the yellow brick road.

Jennie Traill Schaeffer, a teaching artist, born and raised in Easton, PA, is now based in Durham, NC. TraillWorks, which encapsulates her art making and teaching, was founded in New Jersey in 2005 and grown throughout the Garden State over sixteen years. Her work is rooted in subject matter that venerates objects and places, asking the viewer to stay a bit longer, look deeper and to slow down. She is informed by a developing meditative practice and exploration of her surrounding environments. While much of her art is non-figurative, Jennie infuses figurative energy, vibrant colors and the use of paint as the vehicle of expression, with linear drawn elements. Jennie holds a BFA in Painting and Art Education from Syracuse University, and is known by her students as a nurturing, supportive educator that expertly teaches technique

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