Gateway Playhouse Show

Jodee Clifford with Connection paintings at Gateway Playhouse
Photo by Jeffrey Schwartz

In October, the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point, New Jersey further expanded their support of the arts to include featuring the work of a new local visual artist each month. The artwork can be viewed prior to the shows and during intermission and is available for purchase.

I had the opportunity to be the first  artist to show my artwork at the Gateway Playhouse. My connection paintings displayed through the month of October 2017. It’s really exciting to experience the overlap of artists supporting artists. Continue reading “Gateway Playhouse Show”

Artist Statement

Jodee Clifford, 2004, Oil Painting: Green Sweater, Mixed Media

Exploring relationships through human form, body language, and connection.

Connection

Connection is a recent body of work that began painting dancers. Started in 2016, it’s a series of oil paintings, watercolor paintings, drawings, and ink drawings exploring human connection with body language, touch, and gesture; communicating and connecting without words through improvisational lead and follow social dancers. As a dancer and former media employee, this body of work is a reflection of communication in contrast to verbal or written language with undertones of honesty, transparency, and authenticity.

I’ve been working on bridge paintings that relate connection from another perspective. This subject matter allows me to more easily play with ideas of both connection and disconnect, building bridges, demolition, new vs. old, past vs. present, change, etc..

Relationship

Everything in this world relates. Across all my projects, I’m pretty fascinated with relationship, connection, language, instincts and intuition. 

Figures on Clothes

Figures on Clothes was one of my first series of paintings around 2003. I painted them with relationship ideas between clothing and the human form explored between subject matter and material. I painted nude female figures directly onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing as I would on primed canvas.

First Impressions

In 2018, I started doing these oil paintings called “First Impressions”. They’re paintings from croquis flushed out in oil paint much the way we fill in unknown  character traits based on little more than instincts after meeting someone.


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