Jean Jack's Watching conveys a sense of place in its vibrant, rich color palette, that you want to step into and experience.
In the most literal way, houses are an immediate necessity in our lives: they provide us with shelter and warmth, social status and a physical place in our community. Our homes are also a metaphor for who we are, who we wish we were, and where we want to be. According to the language of dreams, houses are even symbols of ourselves: complex interrelationships of interior and exterior realities, unconscious and conscious lives. Jean Jack has a talent for presenting these many layers of meanings in a few deft strokes of color, or a few carefully chosen shapes.
The images that arouse Jean Jack's curiosity are discovered on the open road. "As I set out with my camera in an adventurous frame of mind, I criss-cross the country and seek inspiration for my work. Often it is on the fast-moving interstate where I discover, quite by accident, the perfect simplicity of a farmhouse or a barn. I am not interested in the details as much as the abstractions — the way the afternoon sun falls off a slanting roof, tall forsaken grass that cradles an old structure, or stairs that once led to a seaside path that now leads nowhere at all. The challenge is to catch the image with my camera from this inconvenient 'backstage' angle." ~ Jean Jack