Jean Pederson

Born in: Canada, 1962
Lives in: Calgary, Canada
Education: BEd, BPE
Describe your art in three words: Honesty -  immediacy -  sensitivity
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Blink - Mixed media 40 x 40 in.

"It is my desire to employ different materials, scale and processes in my work and are the evidence of an artist always taking risks searching for that connection, that one "true" moment between myself, subject and you the viewer."

What themes does your work involve?
Time and Movement.
Describe your creative process.
Layering is at the core of my process. I identify an intention, develop a ground on a substrate, and then pull out the appropriate subject. I trust my gut and observe. Does it feel complete? Is there anything distracting to my intentions?
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Just as with modern dance, contemporary painting is influenced by those who came before us. The beauty of a Vermeer, the emotional and social context of a Basquiat, for example.
What are your goals and plans as an artist in 2023?
I have so much to learn after painting for over 30 years, and that is exciting! Learning and growing, the richness of content adds more layers to my studio practice. I wish to gain greater representation in commercial and public galleries.
How do recent advancements in technology affect your art practice? How may recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (image generator software) affect the definition of fine art?
If we are communicating ideas, does it really matter what the medium is? AI has to receive input in order to generate an image much like Chihuly communicates drawings and ideas to his glass team. New ways to create should not intimidate human hand to brush. I've used my computer to generate multiple images to print and paint on top.
What is the role of the artist today?
Again, it goes to intentions. How does your work reflect 2023, what do you want to speak to? Artists communicate ideas in visual form
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art communicates ideas, creates a dialogue with the viewer. What are the artist's intentions? - skill based? - emotional content? - concept? - personal language? Be the best you can be with your set intentions and connect with others through your story.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist

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