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According to the artist:
“The Hand Painting Series showcases a selection of the best images from my hand paintings. I worked with a variety of individuals to create three finished pieces: a photograph of their hand, a completed 11×14 canvas painting, then a digitally created pattern for use on clothing or other surface design pieces. These images are exhibited in this full color book with over 40 images from the series.”
An Opened Book End weaves a fabric of dreamlike streams into fragmented realities. Pursuing memories from the past and turning experience into verse, Jenna Citrus recounts her years from 15 to 22. Allusive references are made to relationships, trust, heartbreak, family, technology, women, art, culture, creativity, society, inner being, sexuality, and culture’s influence on current existence through internal thought and reflection.
Jenna Citrus has always been a hands-on type of painter. When she first started creating her painted designs in 2007, she rarely used brushes. Instead she used her fingers, palms, and sometimes pallet knives. As her work progressed, she found herself pulled toward splattering paint from the paint that pooled in the palm of her hands, creating mixes of colors that were pure and bold. Citrus has worked in a variety of media including graphic art, photography, and portraiture. Jenna wanted to find a way to incorporate the process of how the hands could sometimes be more of a masterpiece than the canvas they were working on. She created a series of images utilizing hands as her canvas. From the age of 10, Jenna enjoyed writing short stories, around 14 her interests shifted to poetry and painting, in a few years she added photography to her craft. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2015 then was awarded the Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship in 2016. She is currently working as a full time creator.