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Tropical Landscapes: Amy Jackson

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Ceiba Art Gallery at Plaza Mariachi

3955 Nolensville Pike

Nashville, TN 37211

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From November 1 - December 1, many of Amy Jackson's Tropical Landscape Series paintings will be exhibited at Ceiba Gallery, and around Plaza Mariachi. Amy Jackson is a multi media visual artist and writer creating with disabilities from her home studio in South Nashville.

A multi media art reception will be held on November 3, beginning at 6 pm. Live music, light refreshments, art classes, and poetry reading will going on at the same time as Amy will be talking about her work in the Ceiba Gallery. We hope you will be with us for this lovely event!

Amy Jackson // Artist Statement // Tropical Landscape Series

In 2007, with Beach Triptych, Amy Jackson created her first painting of what is now in 2014 totals up to 90 artworks in the Tropical Landscape series. The large majority of the paintings are produced in acrylic paint, in large format, 22 x 28 inches, 1.5 inches deep canvas, from photographs that Jackson finds in magazines and on the internet, or from her own archive of tropical photography.

With the experience of painting from the photographs, she has learned over time, not only to mimic the details of the various types of foliage found in diverse locales, but to create a sort of code or Pop sensibility of her own – a fun style of responding, communicating with the jungle and tropical worlds she finds in the images.

The primary inspiration behind the series is to bring the wild territories of these far flung locations – their primal vibrance, their unabashed shapes, and their deep growth at all layers of the landscape that seems to know no bounds, undeveloped by human hands – to the weary eyes of people who are used to the exact opposite – concrete, traffic, set lines of modern architecture and the landscape that has been cut up into so many rectangles and odd lines that no longer resonate with our souls.

Why? Because for one thing, these wild landscapes are and have been threatened by development and now by climate change and rising tidal waters, pollution – one thing or another – for centuries – and deserve to be heralded for their true glory.

And for another thing – we crave these wild tropical landscapes even if we do not know it. The idea is to spark that primal soul in the viewer, to action, to knowing, to being, to remembering – beyond the lines, the concrete – to living outside the lines again, or for the first time …

Amy Jackson's full archive of artwork can be found at www.amyjackson.cc.

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