Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song #16, 2011

Work On Paper

Flashe and pencil on rag paper.

30.00 x 30.00 in

76.2 x 76.2 cm

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Signed by the artist on lower right of recto.


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    About The Work

    After finishing the Venezuelan Suite series, abstract artist Ellen Priest wanted to break her process open and chew through some new ideas. Experimentation demanded a quicker way of working. Priest turned to drawing—to her, the thinking-out-loud of visual art.

    An NPR junkie, Priest had often heard the music of newly discovered jazz musicians, especially those from Africa and Latin America, who made their way into the US jazz scene via Berklee College of Music in Boston. "Oh, if I could be a bird in the room listening to classes...," she says. What better way to fuel her own improvisation than to listen to music-in-progress?

    Berklee's Department of Liberal Arts, as well as music faculty and the Global Jazz Institute welcomed Priest. Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song is her new body of drawings, brush studies, and collaged paintings from that project.

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