Jeanne is a painter based in New York, NY.
Tell us about the art you generate.
I produce paintings which, these days revolve around problem-solving through personal narrative, food and flowers. It’s very much about personal identity by mapping my thoughts and amusements.
What led you to it?
As I kept making work, I found myself constantly going back to themes relating to family, memories, food, Filipino-American identity. I always used art as an outlet for dealing with concerns, and instead of embellishing my woes, I wanted to give myself solutions.
What are you exploring with this work? Questions? Themes?
As of now my main goal is to tell stories while figuring out how to make it more interesting for myself. I’m also playing around creating my own symbolisms through collaging objects of personal significance. Content-wise, there is usually a problem presented in my work and the resolution to those problems are represented by food or animals. Certain foods make me think about my ancestral identity and my parents’ upbringing in the Philippines and America, as well as my upbringing in NYC with both cultures. In terms of aesthetics, I am always playing around with color and patterns and how these features can embrace meanings behind my paintings.
What surprises or challenges have you experienced along the way?
After graduating I’ve been pretty stubborn about getting a studio, so I paint in my bedroom; if it fits through the door it’s doable. Consequently it’s it own challenge, especially if I’m working on three big paintings at a time. However it’s consoling to know Francis Bacon made it work with his bedroom studio. Other than that, it’s always a challenge balancing roles of an artist and businesswoman for my work.
What have you dreamt about lately?
I’ve been having a reoccurring dream about traveling to Europe but forgetting to buy a plane ticket ahead of time and packing underwear! It’s horrible! Then when I arrive and explore whatever city I’m in, I get lost because all the streets have changed.
What’s your creative process like?
My creative process is a little bit driven by spontaneity. Before painting I usually sketch around with a grease pencil, and it’s usually just floral patterns. As I start painting, I sometimes project drawings from my sketchbook onto the canvas to help map out the composition. But I’m never sure what the final result will look like since I have to keep an eye on how the colors and objects respond to each other. Then I make decisions based on that. It’s like seeing a story unveil itself, which I find very exciting. It’s also very important to have music playing or a podcast on while I paint.
Do you ever feel creativity blocked? How do you move past it?
A majority of the time. I know that if I focus all my time and energy on one painting, I can easily get stumped, so I try to make myself work on multiple projects simultaneously. I also end up spending a lot of time in museums sketching objects with techniques, or imagery I want to imitate. I even sketch in parks since nature is full of funky patterns and forms. It’s also a good exercise to answer to gallery open calls because they usually give a theme/prompt and a deadline.
How has your work evolved over time?
My work has evolved by adapting old practices with new ones. I came from a traditional visual arts high school, and I always wanted to make things look realistic. By college I got sick of that, and learned to be more experimental– I even had a little monotonous abstract expressionism phase, which involved cutting up and stitching my paintings back together. Now my work has become somewhat concrete and is more involved in co-existing abstract objects with realistic objects.
What artists have you been turning to lately?
Lately I’ve been scanning through Heinz Edelmann illustrations, and works by Mi Ju, Hayv Kahraman, and Gustav Klimt. I’ve also been looking at a lot of Egyptian art and old Japanese prints.
What questions do you wish were being asked about your work? What question could someone ask to gain a deeper understanding of it?
“What were you listening to/ watching while you were painting this?”, “What art shows have inspired you to create?”
“What is the story being told? What’s the meaning behind each object?”
What’s up next for you?
I’m going to be a part of a little art show at LemoArt Gallery in Berlin, which will be ongoing from February to August 2017.
Anything else you want to add?
Cachapas are very delicious. Especially the ones on Dyckman St.
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Jeanne F. Jalandoni is a Filipino-American artist, born and raised in New York City where she currently works and resides. Jeanne began studying Visual Art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia and continued her art practice at New York University, receiving her BFA in Studio Art. Her work has been exhibited around NYC, Paris, and Berlin.