Showcasing Artworks by Shaelin Ashleen Jornigan

About Shaelin Jornigan

Artist Statement


" My works depict anthropomorphic forms that live somewhere between imagination and reference, between abstraction and representation. I like to skirt the edges of portraiture, considering what might remain in a portrait if the body itself was warped, or removed altogether. Often, I am left with atmospheres, objects, impressions, momentum, patterns, and personalities that I then attach to form. Many works make use of fabric as a central motif, which comes from my interest in fashion, interiors, and objects that become charged through their connection to traditional and historical expectations of women and their subsequent feminist reckonings.

Though some works approach these ideas in a more conceptual way, others take direct cues from the colors, patterns, and haphazard compositions of my old family photographs and current life. I use a variety of drawing, collage, digital sketching and intuitive painting techniques to create my compositions, and focus on creating engaging interactions among formal shapes that simultaneously animate and distort the original memory, image, or feeling that I am referencing."