Q: Tell us about your practice

A: I combine oil painting and handmade/found textiles to produce scenes and imagery that reflect my cultural experiences as a 2nd generation Filipino American.

Q: Some of your work includes figures with the head of a carabao (water buffalo). Can you explain the significance of this?

A: 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, and 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.


Q: The nature of your work blends painting and textile. How did you first start using these materials?

A: 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 canvases 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. 


Q: What has been inspiring you lately?

A: Eating food I don't know how to make, biking, seeing friends achieving their personal goals.


“I was immediately drawn to Jeanne’s work, particularly to the way she layers different textiles with oil paint to mirror the deep layers of her cultural and family identities. I also love how she collages actual clothing from her mother and grandmother with other fabrics and plays with scale and dimension to create life-size or larger-than-life figures and scenes that all relate to her childhood memories and family history.”



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