I love experimenting with different materials and the conversation that happens between seeing what a material is capable of doing naturally, and how it can be manipulated. I also consider ephemeral qualities such as light, shadow and breath, to be just as important as the more tangible materials that I work with.
Jenine Shereos is a sculptor and installation artist specializing in fibre and textile processes. Much of her work is inspired on long walks and observations in nature. The season, or thermometer reading, is not of issue as evidenced by the work in her upcoming show THAW, opening on January 11th in Boylston at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. THAW features photographs resulting from a site-specific, ephemeral installation featuring frozen plant and flower specimens at Jamaica Pond in Boston. “I created this installation at Jamaica Pond in Bostontowards the end of a long New England winter. The piece consisted of five bottle-shaped forms made of ice and containing various frozen flower and plant specimens. Over the course of the next several days I visited the site to photo-document the melting process and the temporary formations that emerged.”
Ms. Shereos work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has been published widely. In 2006, she left the sunshine and balmy temperatures of California after earning her MFA from California State University, Long Beach and now calls Boston her home. He current work with the THAW series is a perfect example of how she breathes in her environment and exhales its threads through artistic expression. “I chose the location of Jamaica Pond because of its popular destination as a walking path for local residents and also for its historic context. Jamaica Pond is considered a ‘gem’ of the Emerald Necklace in Boston, a strand of parks and parkways designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in the late 1800’s. As a kettle pond, its formation began thousands of years before that as a result of the melting of ancient glaciers. I wanted to reference this near and ancient past, exploring natural processes in the context of personal and collective memory, and a shared natural history.” The images in her THAW series are rich in color and mystery. They offer a delightful winter pause, indoors among the beautiful 132 acres of Tower Hill. Meet Jenine Shereos and learn more about her process at an artist reception on Saturday evening, February 25th.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden features a year-round display of carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, plus trails that enhance the natural features of their expansive property. Home of the popular WINTER REIMAGINED lighting display, they also offer a robust program and event schedule. Their mission is to engage visitors in their life-long passion for growing plants for their ornamental, economic, and ecologic value. Tower Hill makes for a perfect winter field trip destination! They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 AM – 3 PM. Learn more about their creative and other programming through their website.