CYANIMALS | Amy Jasek
With poems by Louise Jasek
Third Thursday Art Party: 8/17/17, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Free and open to the public!
Exhibit on view: 8/15-9/17
Location: Papi’s Pies, 10 Chisholm Trail Rd, Round Rock, TX 78664
In 2015, I was fortunate enough to join an incredible group of artists that opened my eyes to the larger world of Art as it pertains to photography. They also introduced me to something far less overwhelming and far more fun: the Cyanotype. While I had never looked at my photography with a serious eye, I have always given it a serious approach; it’s a challenge to be completely playful when I am working with film in a fully manual camera.
Cyanotypes, however, are a completely different tale. Their beautiful blue hue matches the blue of the sky, which speaks to the limit when it comes to creativity with this technique: really, the only limit is your own imagination. Once I got the hang of making photograms (basically a copy of the outline of a thing), I hit upon an idea to use botanical items to make shapes and tell stories; specifically, to make animals. I have a whole menagerie of them now. It’s something I can work on whenever the fancy strikes me, whenever inspiration hits, in and amongst the goings on of daily life. My kitchen is my workspace, the backyard is my UV source, and this means that I don’t have to shift my focus away from the most important thing in my life — my family.
Art can be so many things. It can be a burden; the desire to create can burn so strongly it almost moves from passion to madness. It has a tremendous power to move and influence people, and can be bent to the will of the artist to make just about any statement. But, it doesn’t have to be serious. Every one of my cyanotypes represents a joyful few minutes in my life of playful, childlike creative expression. The cyanimals are born of my garden, and live thanks to the magical chemical properties of ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide. If you take one thing away from this exhibition, I hope it is a tiny flame of inspiration to make something lighthearted yourself.
The accompanying cinquain poems with each piece in this show were written by my 10 year old daughter Louise. She is my partner in crime in many creative projects, and a huge source of inspiration for me in general. All of the cyanotypes you see here today were made especially for this show from clippings from the Papi’s Pies garden. I present them with a full heart in memory of my friend Judy Sherrod.
Native Texan and photographer’s daughter, Amy Jasek’s life has been shaped by photography from her first moments. She grew up hanging out in her father’s darkroom, being patiently taught the craft of traditional film techniques whenever she would listen. She received her first camera and made her first silver gelatin print at the age of 7.
Amy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance in 1999. She took up photography as a serious hobby in 2003, and began exhibiting work with the Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild in 2009. The main focus of her work is narrative / candid and documentary in nature; people are what she enjoys photographing most, although she also explores both the natural and manmade aspects of her surroundings. The artist’s website is: texasgirlphotography.com.
Selected Group Exhibits
2017: “Women Who Shoot Film,” FEED Gallery, Kankakee, IL
2017: “What is Nature?,” Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2017: “Shootapalooza: Cyanotype Chandelier,” Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
2016: “Stereotypes,” Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX
2016: “A Prayer, A Hope, and A Dream,” Houston FotoFest, Houston, TX
2016: “NSEW: Film Shooters Collective photo exhibition” group show, Kranzberg Art Center, St. Louis, MO
2016: “Blue 2,” A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX
2016: “Trees” A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX
2016: “Imagine,” Round Rock Arts/Texas State University Round Rock Campus, Round Rock, TX
2015: “Art Hop,” City of Georgetown, Georgetown, TX
2015: “Imagine, Round Rock Arts/Texas State University Round Rock Campus, Round Rock, TX
2014: “Art Hop,” City of Georgetown/Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX
2014-present: Numerous exhibitions, ArtSpace, Round Rock, TX
2014-present: Numerous exhibitions in 120Art, Taylor, TX
2014: “Imagine, Round Rock Arts/Texas State University Round Rock Campus, Round Rock, TX (Recipient: Honorable Mention award)
Selected Featured/Solo Exhibitions:
2017: “Photography by Four,” Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, TX
2015: “Three Photographers,” Round Rock Arts/Williamson County Jester Annex, Round Rock, TX
2015: «Among Wolves: Photographs of werewolves among us and Round Rock Ballet Folklorico's Dia de los Muertos celebration,» Williamson Museum, Georgetown, TX
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