Geometric Art – Jennifer Sanchez

ny.12. no 20 mixed media on pane 16″x12″ 2012

This past week we have absolutely gloried in the richness of grass roots color that has flown in the face of color trend predictions to dominate in the trade, the home markets, the blog-o-sphere and breathed life into real homes like yours.

I have spent a fair amount of time on Re-Do it Design comparing and contrasting the similarities between the concepts foundational to both art and design. Fine Art and Interior Design are like fraternal twins; easy to distinguish but sharing fundamental building blocks foundational to a memorable result – layout,composition, layering, form, shape, spacial relationships, and of course – color! I think it was interior designer Kenneth Brown who said “the cream always floats to the top”, a phrase used by his parents in supporting his very sound choice to pursue interior design. Every now and again the emergence of cream strikes that inspirational chord that floats atop the din.

Jennifer Sanchez’s multifaceted yet minimal, lines and fresh approach to color struck that invisible chord one evening while I was collating color trends on Pinterest. Then I began to recognize her work in many places I enjoy virtually frequenting – and yes; I just can’t seem to help myself – I had to contact her to ask her about the impetus for all that great synergy between art, design and color.

Here’s what she had to share:

Artist Jennifer Sanchez – image provided courtesy of Jennifer Sanchez (photographer not specified)

Me)  This sounds a little generic, but where did you grow up? Was the place where you grew up, or family instrumental in supporting your development as an artist?

Jennifer) I was born, raised and went to school in Florida. I went to a liberal arts college where there wasn’t a huge amount of competition, more experimentation and support from other students in the department. My family has always been supportive.

Me)  Who inspired you? Your work reminds me of a mix between Matisse and Miro, sprinkled with some Picasso.

A piece by “subway artist” Keith Haring featured at the Tampa retrospective that so inspired Jennifer Sanchez.

Jennifer) The first museum show I saw was a Keith Haring retrospective at the Tampa museum when I was in high school. I was blown away that his work was considered “art” and garnered a museum show. It gave me hope and widened my concept of what art could be – made the endeavor to be an artist accessible.

But right now, I’ve been swept up in the whole Navajo textile craze. But my brain made a switch after seeing an Andean Tunic show at the Met last year. the first geometric patterns I started incorporating into my paintings came from some of the designs in that show. After that, I’ve been looking at all types of geometric designs to find inspiration; mosques, Anne Albers’ textile designs & Navajo weaving, etc.

And there are a lot of great painters working w/basic shapes and terrific colors out there too: Todd Chilton, Palma Blank, Sam Moyer,  Anja Schwoerer, and Kristen Schiele to name a few.

Pale Rider, 2011, silkscreen, oil on canvas, 72 x 80 inches by Kristen Schiele – image via freightandvolume.com

As far as the masters; Rauschenberg, Klee, Motherwell, Agnes Martin, Kandinsky,

kandinsky painting via invisiblebooks.com

Rothko and Russian constructivists posters.

A Russian Constructivist poster – minimal abrupt statements depicted in forceful color – image via boredomisyourfault.com

Me) The geometric influence of your work is hard to ignore – why geometry? What does it speak to you?

Jennifer) I really can’t tell you. Before I used a lot of circles & there was movement in the work. I think I simply got bored and needed to move on.

ny1122 mixed media on panel 12 x 16 inches 2011 – image via miss-sanchez.com

Simple, direct paintings that actually looked like paintings and not something perfectly fabricated have always made my heart skip. There’s such beauty in basic forms & colors. I feel like when I keep the forms basic, the paint and painting really flourish and exist for themselves. For me, painting isn’t about some grand concept or charged content; it’s about painting and its materiality.

ny.12.no.18 mixed media on paper 11 x 7.5 2012 http://miss-sanchez.com

ME ) Can you tell everyone about your impetus for the vivid colors in your work? Is there a symbiosis between color and shape for you?

Jennifer) I’m attracted to bright colors and beyond that I can’t explain it. There’s a lot of inspiration in the streets of NYC. I’m bombarded w/loads of shiny, beautiful & bright objects – besides all the great art in the galleries & museums. Sometimes the colors in a large billboard or a kid’s outfit could spark an idea for starting a painting.

ny 12 no15 mixed media on paper 11 x 7.5 2012

Me) Manhattan has sparkle that can’t be denied – every time I’m in Manhattan at night I think of U-2’s City of Blinding Lightswould you mind sharing a few of your favorite color palettes to inspire the color junkies who read Re-Do it Design?

Jennifer) One of my all time favs is a 75% grey w/neon yellow – that’s the best. Add some ocher, then pink and it’s a party!

ny11 42 mixed media on paper 11.25 x 7.5 2011 – image via

Thanks so much to Jennifer for sharing her work and her inspiration!

All this un-decorate, Bohemian white wall splendor is above all else an invitation to express bright color with no limits. If you would like to contact Jennifer about owning a piece of her inspiration, you can find her and even more her vivid work at http://miss-sanchez.com/index.htm weekends are a great time to peruse your local galleries for inspiration for those beckoning walls!