For more than thirty years, Ellen Priest has centered her abstract multimedia paintings on jazz. Basing a series of works on a single musical composition, she begins by listening to the score and creating quick, improvisational “brush studies” to visually capture the essence of the piece’s rhythm and sound. Priest then superimposes layers of opaque and translucent paper while also cutting away and collaging other forms, resulting in a dynamic interplay of movement and depth. “Jazz evokes in me what I want my artwork to evoke in the viewer—joy, energy, inspiration,” she says.
Source: Yale Divinity School