In Creatures of Saintly Disguise, Jennybird Alcantara’s second solo show at Varnish Fine Art, the journey into her ever-unfolding world of the subconscious continues. Jennybird melds her lifelong interest in fairytales, flora & fauna with her evocative Pop Surrealist style to reveal another chapter in her constantly evolving narrative. In this series, we meet a pantheon of “saints” existing in a more contemplative world than we’ve seen before. Interiors previously glimpsed inside of Jennybird’s hybridized women now unfurl, giving us pause to think about the role of one’s inner dimension in the outer world & letting that interaction exist in the open. With her signature complex & saturated palette, she creates a galaxy of symbols that coalesce into a greater whole, creating a universe that is mystical, playful & in the words of one writer, shamanistic. Casting large-eyed women, dainty & strong, in the role of avatars, Jennybird speaks to us of Universal experiences from her unique point of view. Our own rights of passage & deeply personal journeys channel insight into our own pasts, presents and possible futures through her brush.
“As humans we crave knowledge and understanding about our place in the Universe and stories (mythology, fairytales) are a way to relate us to other living beings: animals, people, nature… you carve that. If you don’t do (religion) and still have that pulling inside you for wonder and things of a spiritual nature, then I think that those stories present themselves perfectly for that. For me my work blends (it all.)”—Jennybird Alcantara