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November2-27, 2016

First Friday November 4, 5-9 PM

Artist reception Sunday November 6, 1-4 PM

Jean Plough is a pure abstractionist whose goal in painting is to have no goal, that is to paint and not be attached to the outcome. Deliberately nonrepresentational, she bars reality from her work, preferring to use the subconscious to guide her. With a spontaneous gestural application, she adds paints to a series of canvases at one time, layering on multiple veils of color and textured areas in an intuitive manner. Plough describes that the way she works "scatters space into the various components allowing a new perspective".

Jean Plough was born in Queens, NY. She received a BFA in painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and also studied at the Corcoran Gallery summer art program in Washington, DC. A member of the Alumni Council of the University of the Arts, she participated in the Art Unleashed exhibit in 2016. She also exhibited work in the Insomnia, Landscapes of the Night exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Awards include the Lalli Award at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA,  the Award of Excellence from the University of Delaware Biennial, and Best Abstract Award at the Philadelphia Sketch Club's Small Oils Exhibit. She teaches art for the University of Phoenix and has taught art for the School District of Philadelphia. Jean's studio is in West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

Artist’s Statement - Jean Plough

I created many of the paintings based on a process using following rules:

1) Do not have any goal

2) Do not try to make it look like anything

3) Do not try to salvage any area 

4) Do not be attached to the outcome

            The paintings are series in time. Each series involves 3 or 4 paintings completed during the same time period. I do the paintings on the floor, and use the same colors for each painting in one series, applying the same color to all canvases at once as a spontaneous gesture, before moving on to the next color. Each series involves between 3 and 10 applications of paint and color. I try not to reject any of the pieces based on its outcome or appearance because that would violate the rules I used to create them.