Since 2014, my practice as an artist has been centered on developing a series of large-scale paintings called scrolls. The scrolls range in size from fifteen to thirty feet in length and are based on patterns that mimic weaving and other forms of handiwork. This series represents a harmony of opposites, a union of aesthetic traditions rooted in both craft and fine art contexts. Explicitly created on paper — a material structure that is accessible yet fragile — these scrolls are photographed in unconventional settings. Inside an empty parking garage or on top of a bed of snow, the scrolls become enmeshed in a specific environment, presenting alternative narratives about how paintings exist in this world.
Jacquelyn Gleisner began studying fine art and art history at Boston University in 2002. As a junior, Jacquelyn studied abroad at the Scuola Internazionale de Grafica in Venice, Italy. The following year, Jacquelyn returned to Boston and graduated with honors in 2006. Two years later, Jacquelyn continued her studies in fine art with an investigation of pattern-based abstraction at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She received an MFA from the painting department in 2010. The same year she was awarded a Fulbright Grant and a position as a Visiting Researcher at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, where she studied the history of decoration and pattern design across fine art, architecture, and textile design.
In addition to her studio practice as an artist, Jacquelyn has been a regular contributor to the non-profit Art21’s online magazine since 2011. She has launched two new columns for the site, “Praxis Makes Perfect” and “New Kids on the Block.” She currently lives in New Hampshire and is an adjunct faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Framingham State University in Massachusetts.