Jeanne F. Jalandoni

Jeanne F. Jalandoni (b. 1993; lives and works in New York, NY) received her BFA in Studio Art from New York University (2015).  In 2019 she was a Real Art Ways Grant Recipient (Hartford, CT), and had a solo show entitled, Sowing Mythology. Jeanne was an artist-in-residence at 36 Chase and Barns Residency (2018; North Adams, MA), and the Textile Art Center (2021; Brooklyn, NY).
September 14, 2021
Tell us about your practice.
I combine oil painting and handmade/found textiles to produce scenes and imagery that reflect my cultural experiences as a 2nd generation Filipino American.
Some of your work includes figures with the head of a carabao (water buffalo). Can you explain the significance of this?
I play around with iconic Philippine imagery to challenge stereotypical Filipino identity. The carabao is the national animal of the Philippines and represents Filipinos as hardworking and strong. Personally, it was an animal I grew up associating with my maternal Lolo and his farm—so it’s almost a family symbol to me. The carabao figure tends to be modeled after my mother and is a personification of “Filipino culture”. Although the carabao head signals strength, the rest of her body is full of gentleness and care.
The nature of your work blends painting and textile. How did you first start using these materials?
When I learned how to stretch raw canvases in undergrad I was very aware that doing this step well created a strong painting foundation, and that meant that I needed to adopt textile concerns, (tension, thickness, thread, textures…etc). I hated buying canvas, and started experimenting by sewing fabric scraps together to create new surfaces, and learned how different fabric absorbs paint. But through it all, textiles always took a back seat to painting. I think since then I’ve been trying to figure out how to make sense of the two mediums along with the content behind my work, by sewing plush items and various fabrics to surfaces. My residency at the Textile Arts Center answered a lot of those questions and gave me a concentrated focus on textile production and its historic value. The way I’m working now is still very new to me, and I’m trying to get comfortable with leaving out the stretcher bars for certain pieces.
What has been inspiring you lately?
Eating food I don’t know how to make, biking, and seeing friends achieving their personal goals. 
What’s next for you?
A lot of sleep 😄 I have some projects lined up for 2022 already and have my eye set on a couple of residencies, so I’m hoping to keep this new momentum going. But in any case, I’ll take things moment by moment and see what happens.

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