WHEN: Friday, August 19th, 7pm - 10pm
WHERE: FMK 2nd Floor Studio
Jenny Vyas is a contemporary artist from the Chicago land area. She is highly influenced by beauty in complex human emotions and attempts to reveal them through multiple nuances in expressions through her work. Her interest in human frailty shows in her paintings where she creates abstracts of human silhouettes and fluctuating forms in half-light; all drawn from reality, personal experiences and memories.
HOW I BEGAN:
Three years ago, I went through what turned out to be the most significant transition of my life. All I yearned for during that time in anguish was to paint. Prior to this, I had painted only once in an art class during college (where I studied Graphic Design). So I did it. I began painting. The key message moulded in one of of my favorite books, “The Alchemist” is to realize your “Personal Legend." When you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. And in that moment, all I could think of was to paint. Once I surrendered to this intense pull from within, this fire in my belly urging to paint, paint, paint, it took on a life of its own. What emerged felt like something I couldn't control. It was a surreal, explosive experience. I became a conduit for something larger than "me." And what you see in my art is what emerged. I finally understood what poets talk about, what artists paint about, what dancers dance about, what Shakespeare wrote about. That cognitive ecstasy.
Right now, I'm in that liminal space where I'm leaving behind what I've known about myself personally, professionally (and philosophically) as I grow as an artist. It is terrifying and unnerving. But if there is one thing that I have learned about myself in these past few years- it is to stay in this uncomfortable space until the noise in my head quiets down and I find clarity as clear as day when I surface from the waves of fear, ambiguity and discomfort. Today, I understand that everything that has happened in my life has been preparing me for this moment: To become an artist. Today, my art is my means to a ceremonious release from the onslaught of lifelong emotions bottled up within (hallelujah!).
Welcome to my life; the canvas for my art.