J. Jay West
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Fused window louver glass, glass casting crucibles.
Hot cast bottle glass.
Painted Palm Leaf Base.
Jay blends her passion for recycling with the creation of fine art and one-of-a-kind functional art. Her innovative and obsessive attention to detail produces fascinating and striking works of art. Her days are split between creating art, working as a bookkeeper, and volunteering in support of community art projects and recycling organizations.
She lives with her husband and two cats outside Waimea where spectacular views of the ocean and mountains provide infinite inspiration. Jay's newest work utilizes recycled cast paper and coconut fiber in mixed media paintings on various types of canvases. She continues to use glass for sculptures and bowls created with window louver glass.
“In the process of transforming mundane objects into things of beauty and meaning, I’m captured by the thrill and subtle twists of vision I am granted. I’m like an explorer on a path never before traveled where every new vista fills me with joy.
I am a multi-media abstract artist that utilizes recycled materials in most of my work. I prefer to use recycled glass, paper, wood, and metals out of respect for our finite environment. I guess you could call me an Eco-Artisan. I hold a BFA in Design, sometimes referred to as Applied Arts from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. While in school I started in the area of ceramics then gravitated to the fiber department where I concentrated my studies in structural fiber (aka weaving).
My work begins with making the material itself to be used in my art. Such as paper for my recent assemblages. Fibers are my materials of choice. I appreciate the warmth and texture; the subtle variations that fuse together creating comfortable earth tone colors. My vision of a piece is fine tuned by my choice of surface textures, both natural and deliberate, knowing that the mechanical process of tearing and reassembling the paper will influence the outcome.
As a life-long-learner I’ve been refining my skills in acrylic painting since 2005. Acrylic paints have given me an opportunity to explore painting abstract faces with saturated colors. My recent work has been inspired by the blending of bright colors by painting on unconventional canvas.”
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
One- person shows
2011 – Trashformation 2002 – Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art
2005 – Altered Matter 2001 – Almost Wasted
2004 – Emulsified Obsession 2000 – Breaking Barriers
Awards - Juried group shows (partial list)
2008, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996 – Annual Hawaii Artists Recycle Trash Art, Hilo, HI
2006, 2003, 1996 – Annual Cassidy Memorial Juried Art, Firehouse Gallery, Kamuela, HI
2007 – Spring Arts Festival, East Hawaii Cultural Center Gallery, Hilo, HI
2003 – Big Island Photo Expo, Lyman Museum, Hilo, HI
2000 – Big Island Art Guild Spring Art Festival, Wailoa Center, Hilo HI
1981 – Topeka Crafts Annual Exhibition, Topeka, KS
1978 – Central Kansas Annual Art Exhibition, Great Bend, KS
"From Someone's Kitchen"
Cast paper, coconut fiber, and paint on oven broiler pan.
ARTIST IN RESIDENT
2003 – Kea’au Recycling & Reuse Center, Kea’au, HI
To reach the artist email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 808-885-7812