Artists Who Inspire Me: Jill Kerwick
This month I am spotlighting the work of photographer and visual artist Jill Kerwick. I met Jill recently at an Art Alliance of Monmouth County exhibition. (We both had pieces in the show.) I actually saw her work before I met her. I was so completely taken with her piece I knew I had to meet her. Turns out both the woman and her work are extraordinary.
Jill's creative process is quite unique. For the subjects of her images, Jill uses her own animals (she and her husband have a small farm on their property), as well as her own body parts. All the female bodies in her pictures are her! The doll heads are from her own collection too. For the backgrounds, she uses her 92 year old father's paintings and other pieces she finds while antiquing with her sister. She photographs each of the elements separately then combines them in Photoshop.
To me, Jill's images throw open a thought-provoking, often whimsical door down the rabbit hole of an "Alice in Wonderland" world of curiosity and imagination. With all her photos I'm never quite sure what I am seeing but always feel better having seen it.
Please visit Jill's website at www.jillkerwick.com to see more of her images and to keep track of her busy exhibition schedule. You can also purchase prints by contacting Jill directly. I look forward to seeing much more of Jill's work in the future and hope you do too.
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