December 11, 2009 – January 10, 2010
Japanese archival ink pens on paper
Anima is the beginning of a new body of work in which Jill Bliss explores the familiar native vegetation of her home in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the animals that dwell within that landscape. Each informs — and is an inseparable part of — the other.
In all the work that Jill Bliss does, she is interested in the boundaries between separate bodies or ideas — the common ground where things intersect, cross-pollinate and cohabitate.
In Jill’s mind, people, plants and animals are not so different from one another. She believes that everything and everyone are interconnected and similar — it’s just a matter of each functioning with their set of materials, and at varying speeds and scales. The artist hopes to call attention to these ideas in her work, and to celebrate the small, overlooked details that showcase these interconnections and samenesses.