Inspired by the power and persistence of the human spirit, my process opens a door. Through a leap of faith, I create in the essence of the moment mesmerized by the energy and vitality within the experience — each step informs the next as I travel into an unimaginable 'rabbit hole'.
My practice is rooted in materiality and emotions driven by an interest in perception: the contrast between what 'is seen' to what is understood. Prone to experimentation and absorbed within abstraction yields figurative abstracted, surreal expressions within a simple, spontaneous process that gambles on each mark in a mind-free meandering triggering 'pareidolia'; seeing, seeking patterns and meaning within randomness instigating an authenticity that draws out a coded language of symbols from senses, inward feelings thoughts and outward happenings allowing the work to resonate beyond itself transmuting the unknown, visible: only when viewed— becomes real and when spoken about — understood. Varied interests surface in varied ways through various disciplines, some traditional, most not. Cross-pollinating painting, printmaking, and sculptural — a love of drawing remains the thread that binds my practice. Guided by illusion, words considered the symbols of sound thread together alternate translations in sound, expanding the mystery into a universal language.
A consciousness grounded in oddly wonderful abstracted happenings from youth: some tumultuous, most fun awakened diverse understandings and questions of what was the norm? Playing in orchards of trees, each bearing mixed fruits, climbing to pick pears and finding plums, with a branch of apples nearby, germinated interests in cross-pollinating disciplines. Not realizing I wasn't in Italy when I first went to school, laid the foundation in trusting that alternate possibilities exist beyond our limited view lifting the veil uncovering the layers that connect us with a broader scope within the vibrational energy that governs this great entanglement. Life is a wonderful ride.
Jeanette Luchese, A first-generation Italian - Canadian settler, visual artist, educator, director, curator, rooted in the design arts creating in the disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking, painting, sculptures and sound. Graduate of School of Design and Visual Art, Georgian College (Barrie) and Sheridan College School of Design (Oakville) resides in Innisfil, Ontario Canada. Exhibiting Internationally and regionally at numerous public galleries including the macLaren Art Centre (Barrie), Quest Art Gallery (Midland), Orillia Museum of Arts & History (Orillia) and Campus Gallery, (Barrie). A grant recipient of the Ontario Art Council and the City of Barrie Culture Department, with numerous awards. Recipient of the 2014 "Great Visual Arts Golden Eagle Trophy - Award of Honour, Salerno, Italy and 2015 the Kandinsky Award of Creativity, Salerno, Italy. Published in Abstract | Ext, A first approximation to abstract literature¹ by David Quiles Guilló: 'Gone Once,' page 76 (April 2015 45 authors. Printed in Spain). Short Listed for the 2015 Gwendolyn MacEwen Exile Poetry Competition 'From there to here,' published in ELQ Exile: The Literary Quarterly July Edition 2016. Ending 2018 with The Focus and the Fray, a regional public gallery solo exhibition held at Campus Gallery, curators Sarah Elizebeth Leonard and Cory Van der Vliet - The Helen and Arch Brown Centre, Georgian College Barrie, Canada and honoured to of created the 2018 Barrie Art Awards Sculptures (statuettes) Public Art: 2019 Participating in #ISDAY International Sculpture Day, Innisfil Sculpture Group partnering with Innisfil IdeaLAB, 'Sculptures in Uncommon Places" . "What day is it? resides in Port Huron, Michigan USA: The Gathering #8. The Verandahs Bed & Breakfast by the Lake in Oro, Ontario and "Easy Rider" in Barrie, Ontario, Canada — 2019 Florence, Italy, OCADU's Summer Studio Master Class [June] with Nicole Collins and Anda Kubis, ending the year with a solo exhibtion of experimental printmaking "Surviving Death : Ressurecting Memories at the PRNT Collective Barrie, ON.
2020 ... then there was a pandemic. Finding solace in the words of Alan Watts "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” which we all did.
The February 8, 2020 'On the Edge' Orillia Museum of Art and History, (Orillia) did happen, but it as many things closed in March, the exhibition at Be Contemporary Gallery in Innisfil March 14th. #ISDay happened in small ways, April 25 2020 - #ISDAY 2020, Inspiring Innisfil i200, partnering with Innisfil IdeaLAB Public Art happened in 2021 and 2022. "Not even the poets" Quest Art Gallery, Midland, ON. Curator Virginia Eichhorn is now as 'Sleeping Beauty' dormant, reopened in 2022.
2020 to 1/30/2022. Director, curator 'be contemporary gallery' Innisfil, Ontario
2022 'For the Love of PRNT, Double Door's Studio and Gallery, Anton Mills, Barrie, Ontario
2022 ' ReSurfacing', First Floor Gallery, Barrie, City Hall, Barrie, Ontario
2022 'PRNT Collective' First Floor Gallery, Barrie, City Hall, Barrie, Ontario
2023 The Ice Hut Project — Innisfil Beach Park, Innisfil, Ontario
Upcoming: 2024 August - October - Solo Exhibition, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Orillia, ON, — Honoured for the guided insights, Mentor Ted Fullerton.