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Prints that are out of this world

Check out Jennifer Lynch's 'Cosmic Landscapes and One Asteroid' at the Fechin Studio

By Tamra Testerman
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 9/2/19

Artist Jennifer Lynch is inspired by "nature, the natural pattern, light and color." In her upcoming exhibition "Cosmic Landscapes and One Asteroid" on view at the Fechin Studio, …

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Prints that are out of this world

Check out Jennifer Lynch's 'Cosmic Landscapes and One Asteroid' at the Fechin Studio

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Artist Jennifer Lynch is inspired by "nature, the natural pattern, light and color." In her upcoming exhibition "Cosmic Landscapes and One Asteroid" on view at the Fechin Studio, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, now through Oct. 13, she explores her inspirational template with a stunning series that explores "the study of light and form inhabiting a place between the familiar and the abstract."

Her intention, she said, "is to entice the viewer to go further than the surface. The imagery at first response feels recognizable and then recedes into the unidentified." She continued, saying, "This series is rooted in the celestial bodies and in their origins. Color and light operate as metaphors for natural rhythms, providing a point of departure for the contemplation of our relationship to nature and creation."

Lynch said she is looking forward to seeing her work in the beautiful light of the studio that Fechin built, "because the light is perfect."

There is a reception scheduled Saturday (Sept. 7) from 2-4 p.m. in the Fechin Studio. It is free to the public, and light refreshments will be available. The exhibit is on view until Oct. 13.

In her artist statement she describes the themes of her work as derived from natural phenomena, where nature remains the primary force. "Searching within specific environments I seek personalities of place and their effects on thought and emotion. Separate elements within these environments share similar properties, distilling these parts to their common rhythmic denominators."

According to the artist's website, she is the owner and master printmaker of Lynch Pin Press, founded in 1999, where she has collaborated with many regional and nationally known artists and where she holds regular workshops. Her teaching experience spans 20 years between positions at the College of Santa Fe, The University of New Mexico-Taos, American Institute of Indian Arts and the Santa Fe Community College. She also founded the University of New Mexico-Taos printmaking program in 1998. Her work is in collections all over the world.

We asked the artists a few questions about her work.

What is your studio ritual?

I have so many things I do with teaching and art appraisal. I try to spend some time each day, if not working, looking at what I am up to so it stays in my subconscious.

Who are the artists that inspire you?

There are many that I look to. Caravaggio -- the luminous quality of his canvass inspired this series. I wanted to create something where light comes from the darkness atmospherically.

What is special about the show?

I appreciate the opportunity to show in the Fechin Studio. I feel the light of the room will enhance the work. At the time they considered the show I had no current plans to move. This show is very special to me because it coincides with my moving to Santa Fe and selling my home and studio in Taos where I have lived 28 years. This semester is the beginning of my fourth year at the Santa Fe Community College where I teach various printmaking classes and art practices in the painting department. My relationship with the college spurred me on to move after commuting for two years.

What is important for our readers to consider if they attend?

I hope that I will see many familiar faces [among] the students and clients I have worked with over the past 20-plus years. Many of them have become my dear friends. I sure hope they will come and help me celebrate new beginnings. Thank you Taos for many wonderful years. I plan to visit often.

The Taos Art Museum supports local artists with a rotating exhibition schedule in the Fechin Studio. Contact taosartmuseum.org/fechin-studio-exhibitions.html or call the museum at (575) 758-2690. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Next in the series is work by Allegra Sleep Nov. 5 until Dec. 8.

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