Many of you were intrigued by the Artist behind the hauntingly beautiful KAZA invitations for this years, "Soiree de Noel".
The Artist is the fabulous Jennifer Gordon. When I stumbled across Jennifer's work online, I literally almost fell off my chair to learn that she was originally from Manchester, NH! AND she studied at my old school NHIA! How wacky is that, Bella's?!? How wacky is that?!
Her pieces are feminine, sensual, mysterious--haunting. They capture the essence of being a woman; strength, femininity, soft; yet in control. It takes an interesting soul to effect so many people with their Art.
So...what makes Jennifer Gordon tick? I got a chance to find out! :o)
Q: Jennifer, your pieces are extraordinary; they ooze femininity & sensuality. There is darkness that draws people in. What inspired you to move in this direction?
A: I have always been very fascinated by women, throughout history, what it means to be a woman, what it means to be beautiful, what it means to sexy. I am especially draw to the lives of women during certain time periods, mostly during the Victorian Era, Throughout the Edwardian, and into the very beginning of the 1920’s. This time period has always fascinated me because of the repression of sexuality during these years. The women that chose to make their lives as dancers, actresses, and showgirls were often ostracized. During my research of many of these women I found that many of them had very short and tragic lives. I must say I find a very compelling beauty in that darkness, and that is what I like to explore in my collage work, those hidden stories and themes.
Q: You studied at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) in Manchester. Had you majored in Graphic Design?
A:I actually studied acting at NHIA, as for a short while they had a very wonderful acting program spear headed by the very talented Bob Shea, who was the artistic director at the Palace Theater in Manchester for many years, as well as the founder of the Theater Company that had its home at NHIA for several years, which was called New Art Theatre. I was lucky enough in my time there to work with the company and study with wonderful actors. I also fell in love with the entire environment there, it definitely inspired me to do more collage work as a hobby, as it was always something I loved to do….to create visual poems. It was only after I moved away from NH that I started to concentrate on art more seriously and actually try to make a living off of it.
Q: Who influences your Art?
A:The things I mentioned before very much inspire me, I of course am also completely in love with theater, and dance (I actually study ballroom dance in any spare time I have). I also love vintage fashion, circus performers, the steam punk genre, silent film stars, boudoir dolls, belly dancers, and showgirls.
Q: Your business, Stiletto Heights, has quite the following! What other areas of Art do you wish to delve into in the near future?
A:I would like to dance more, because I am very passionate about it. I would like to find time to write more, both poetry as well as fiction, and I say this every year as my new year’s resolution, and that is I want to draw more, I love to draw though I admit I am not very good at it, so each thing takes quite a while, so every year I swear to myself that I will make more time for drawing and then the year goes by and it has not happened, but this year I will try extra, extra hard to make that happen.
As long as you continue doing what you are doing, Jennifer--you can dip your toes in anything you want. :o)
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us, Jennifer! More of Jennifer's insanely gorgeous pieces are available at KAZA! :o)