"I Am Circling around God, Around The Ancient Tower, And I Have Been Circling For A Thousand Years, And I Still Don't Know If I Am A Falcon, Or A Storm, Or A Great Song."
Rainer Maria Rilke
Fragments of drawings and photographs make glory of pattern and color. Working in different mediums, the work is joined by the formal questions and answers working out on the surfaces. There are continuing dialogues about harmony and form, and a strong reliance on my instincts and desire for beauty in every direction to see how far the representational can push against the abstract.
Layne Jackson is a visual artist painting botanical shapes and forms, rendered as pattern.to create familiar imagery in a contemporary context. Jackson is exploring the unconsciousness effect of color and shape applied to found forms in the natural world.
Jackson is a nationally exhibiting artist and has been featured in national print and digital publications, including A Day in the Life in Cyberspace, SIGNS, Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The Chicago Reader, The Austin Chronicle and Open Studio Magazine.
Jackson earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in studio painting with a focus on art history in 1979 from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in Paris for three years as an art director, before returning to work in Austin in Art Direction for print publications for a dozen years.
Previous projects include the creation of the East Village Arts Walk with over 60 artists participating each year, running a storefront gallery and facilitating the Art of Science series with visiting lecturers, and the launching of a monthly free Social Sewing series that continues today. She taught art at the Latin School of Chicago, LaSalle Language Academy, MARWEN and in Chicago Public Schools leading mural projects with over 600 children.
Her work has been exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, Union League of Chicago, Koehline Museum, Illinois Institute of Art, MexiCarte Museum, Daughters of the Republic of Texas museum, Irish American Heritage Center and the Barrington Area Arts Council, and with collaborative art projects from Johalla Projects (50 Aldermen), Caro D’Offay and Joseph Noderer.
She has been a grant recipient from the Illinois Arts Council, artist-in-residency at Ox-Bow, the 23rd International Artists Symposium in Kriva Palanka, Macedonia and has created Public art projects for the City of Chicago, the Bloomingdale Mural Project, Chicago Avenue Mural Project, Paris 25 Nightclub, and created Solar Street Light designs for Houston Power and Light Company.
Since 1997, she has resided in Chicago where the studio is located in a 19th century house and she is a full time painter.