CAROLINE JARDINE

Again, to begin

Solo exhibition at Sullivan Hall​, University of Toledo

Jardine's work links human connection with cultural history. The pieces speak to the ways relationships with one another can play out and the risks one assumes when forming a relationship with someone. The figures are manifestations of the emotional intensity of human connection. Some of the figures cry out in anguish. Others look to one another, questioning. Some calmly confront the viewer.

 

A unifying theme of quiet resilience is illustrated in each piece. In Jardine's work, resilience is inherited from her ancestors. The Ukrainian patterning, babushkas, and worn expressions pay tribute to the strength her ancestors possessed in the face of tragedy and loss. 

 

Beeswax is a symbolic material that Jardine uses in her work. Drawing with beeswax is a traditional Ukrainian technique that begins with holding a tool (kistka) filled with wax over a flame. If the kistka is held over the flame for too long, the wax will reach too high of a melting point and overflow onto the surface of the paper. This process requires the artist to adapt to the unintentional and unexpected or choose to begin again. 

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