Minding the Beasts while Polishing Pearls- KP Projects Gallery 2022

“This new body of paintings was born in a still moment in time, one where the entire world slowed down. Where my home, that we call “The Birdsnest”, and the garden around it became my whole world for a time.

Nature always informs my artwork, and I was lucky enough to enjoy that nature just outside my door, in the garden of beautiful trees, plants and flowers shared with squirrels and crows, song birds, bees and butterflies. At some point during this creative journey I feel like I packed up some of those outside inspirations and dragged them into The Birdsnest with me and a dialog between interior and exterior began. 

I like to line my inside "nest" with curiosities and talismans, symbols, images, patterns and handmade objects. Having a lot of visual information inspires me. I like to set up tableaux between objects inside, so new relationships and meanings can unfold before my eyes. 

The evolution of “Minding the Beasts while Polishing Pearls” happened within the backdrop of my interior world when the exterior garden where my creatures often live inserted itself, and a marriage of the two was formed.”

 – Jennybird Alcantara

   Ode to the Birdsnest

oil on wood- 38x50 inches, 2021/2022

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     Minding the Beasts

oil on wood, 30x36 inches, 2021/2022

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    Cabinet of her Familiars

      oil on wood, 30x36 inches, 2021/2022

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    Delights in the Garden

    oil on wood, 30x 36 inches, 2021/2022

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       Pleasant Dreams

oil on wood, 30 x 36 inches, 2021/2022

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             Pearl Diver

oil on wood, 30 x 26 inches, 2021/2022

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             Valentine

oil on wood, 34 x 28 inches, 2021/2022

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              Fragile

oil on wood, 36 x 19 inches , 2021/2022

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                     Anatomy of a Lamb

oil on archival 300lb hot press paper, 28.75 x 21.25 inches, 2021/2022

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                        Anatomy of a Fox 

oil on archival 300lb hot press paper, 28.5 x 21.25 inches, 2021/2022

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                          Ghost

oil on archival 300lb hot press paper, 29 x 22 inches, 2021/2022

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                         Anatomy of a Deer 

oil and acrylic on archival 300lb hot press paper, 29 x 21.25 inches, 2021/2022

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                Queen of All She Surveys

oil on archival 300lb hot press paper, 21.25 x 14  inches, 2021/2022

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                       Alligator Dears

oil on hand-cut archival 300lb hot press paper, vintage lace,             glass beads,  vintage wallpaper, thread, 19 x 17.5, 2022

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                       Bunny Reverie

oil on hand-cut archival 300lb hot press paper, vintage wallpaper, thread

                                               21 x 19 inches, 2022

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                    Fairy legs 1, 2 and 3

                        oil on hand-cut 300 lb hot press paper, thread,

                                         9 x 12 inches each, 2022 

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                                    Chimera

oil , acrylic gouache on hand-cut archival 300lb hot press paper, vintage lace,                         glass beads,  vintage wallpaper, thread, 18 x 14, 2022

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                      Love Lies Bleeding

oil and acrylic gouache on archival 300 lb hand-cut hot press paper,

        vintage wallpaper, thread, glass beads, 14.75 x 11.25, 2022