Art Kibbutz, 2016
Personal identity research was my motivation for participating in the Art Kibbutz Residency on Governors Island in New York. I was born in southwest Virginia to parents who struggled with their own cultural and religious identity. It was not until my trip to Israel that I felt a true connection to my Jewish heritage and an inspiration from the history and landscape the country.
Art Kibbutz International Jewish Artist colony is a volunteer-driven artists’ community, residency, and a hub that offers artists of all mediums, ages, backgrounds, nationalities, and affiliations opportunities to explore universal issues through a Jewish artistic lens. Art Kibbutz provides inspiring and peaceful space to work, learn and seriously explore the rich heritage of Jewish experience that informs their creative process.
Studio Garage, 2017
Marc Chagall declared: “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works.” Contemporary figurative artist Jennifer Rappaport channels her personal narratives as her inspiration for intriguing and stimulating compositions. Exploring the complexities and interactions of figure-ground relationships, Ms. Rappaport utilizes patterns and objects that interact with one another, skewing her viewers’ perspective on reality. Through her symbolic narratives, she opens a window to the flow of feelings, memories and emotions, giving tangible shape to the suggestion of timeless moments. Combining realism with symbolism, she utilizes variegated brushwork to dynamically depict emblematic imagery fully imbued with imaginatively fulfilling subtexts about humanity in relation to our global world.
Ms. Rappaport creates visceral scenarios through her use of line and symbolic figuration; color and line play equal roles, fluidly combining into expressive canvases with figuration that heralds a deeper universal symbolism when paired with her meditative titles. Her canvases intend to bring forth contemporary issues by transforming the particular into universal questions of human existence. Hidden within mysterious backgrounds, luminous figures emerge with undulating curves and dramatic and sudden line dissections throughout the intimate compositions. Ms. Rappaort’s return to the body and focus on the figure is a return to an investigation of modernity’s primordial relationship with our natural bodies unmediated by the products that consume daily existence. In Ms. Rappaport's series, the body again becomes an autonomous agent for harmoniously expressing our emotions and feelings.
By emphasizing illuminated color juxtapositions, one observes the flow of color and line, shape and form which become intricately interwoven in translucent, opaque layers of gorgeous hues. Expert use of emotive color, light and dissecting visual planes reflect a body language that contributes to the expressionistic element of her work. Defined by a special sense of harmony and rhythm, there is a choreography and a visual melody between the lines and the forms that dance into unique compositions that mirror the human soul. Gently revealing the reality of the invisible within the visible and the intangible within the tangible, Ms. Rappaport opens portals to a new sensorial realm.
Translating her passion into graceful canvases that exude sensual charm and beauty, Ms. Rappaport’s balanced compositions breathe life into her figurative compositions with their other-wordy qualities. Jennifer Rappaort is a visual artist from Virginia currently living in New York. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Rappaport holds a BFA in Illustration and professional certificates in advanced photo retouching and visual design for UX and UI. Amsterdam Whitney Gallery is proud to showcase the artwork of this contemporary master.
- Press release written by Ruthie Tucker, executive director at Amsterdam Whitney Gallery