Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Working Artist: Haricots Verts Are Green Beans


Interestingly enough, the more I simplify my work on the fluttering pages pieces, the more I intensify my deliberations and focus – and the more new variations that present themselves for consideration.

As I work, I realize there is power in simplicity, that there is no need to put a “spin” on what I create as an artist. I don’t need to call my pieces “haricot verts” to make them appear more than they are.

Working with the ideas of repetition in this series that I call “fluttering pages” both constrains and expands my choices. I like their simplicity and directness, but also relish the interesting way they appear to have movement and dimensionality as one encounters them in real life. Expose them to air and they flutter, in high humidity, some of the pages begin to curl. Their surfaces feel map-like to me as well, something I hope to accentuate in future pieces.

 What I make  is the best that I can bring forth at a particular moment in time and I am happy to appreciate the considerable work and thought that goes into my choices. I can love my “green beanness”.


Book of the Ancients 5

            Book of the Ancients 5: Hand Written,  18” x 28”, 2011, gold leaf, spun polyester fabric, fiberglass screening, pigments, thread. Screen printed, collaged, constructed. Photography by Jim Via.


Detail book of the ancients 5-1

                                     Detail, Book of the Ancients 5: Hand Written


This smaller work presents letters and words, excerpted from an unknown 19th century writer’s journal, that drift across the surface of the pages like falling leaves. 


  1. Jeanne, your words are insightful and never fail to inspire me. And, I love your green beans! The photos I have seen of your "pages" are intriguing. I hope to see them in person - how about doing an exhibition in San Antonio!

  2. Hi Lisa and Jann, thanks for commenting. Lisa, I would love to exhibit in San Antonio, especially in winter, when you have great weather and we have snow, snow, snow. I'd make sure to accompany the work!

  3. Interesting comments. I agree with you that simplicity isn't so simple and constraint and restraint are often great engines for inventiveness. Beautiful work!

  4. Lots to think about Jeanne. I really like your new work, it's been fun following your process

  5. Terry, I appreciate your continuing support and encouragement and respect your experienced eye-- will look forward to some time to work together one of these days We need to set up an artist retreat!

  6. Karen, it's good to hear from you. I envision you savoring sunshine and ocean breezes and hope you are getting lots of opportunities to show your work. Thanks for writing.