THE ART CURATION SERIES 006_JENNA BITAR
Jenna has created us an exclusive collection of abstract works that pay homage to nature through its similarities to scenes of the earth seen from above, which offer a unique perspective on the beauty of the earth.
Born to a French mother and a Lebanese father in 1993 she was raised on the little slice of paradise that is Bali, Indonesia. Surrounded by raw and abundant nature she was captured by a desire to celebrate the beauty of nature. She taints linen canvas’ with pigments, layering textures and organic curves to mimic nostalgic stills buried in memories bred in Bali. From her jungle abode, she painted plural versions of landscapes to communicate the visceral optical sensation that unravel the refined beauty nature offers as a means to evoke a connection.
With a focus on texture and depth, these paintings feature rich hues of earthy pigments and natural tones, creating a sense of dimension that draws the viewer in. The need to decipher and understand the emotion it provokes incites long reflections of wonder and awe. These works of art are a tribute to the natural beauty of Nature and a celebration of the importance of preserving our planet.
Exclusively available via the Darlinghurst showroom and our online store.
Jenna, tell us a little more about yourself and how you became an Artist?
I was born to a French mother and a Lebanese father who migrated from Africa to Bali in the early 90’s seeking a lifestyle of freedom integrated in nature.I was called to paint through a serendipitous adventure that began on a rainy Saturday morning. I was sipping on Chai tea and the scent of the accidentally burnt toast invaded my living room. Retrospectively, studying the canvas made me realise these two subjects must have made their way to my sub-conscious as it was very much a portrait of muddled browns with textures of burnt toast. It got me to explore the concepts of Free will and Intuition further. This influenced my first body of works “An ode to free will” where intuition lives between the grey lines of free will.
What influences your artwork?
Nature is the common thread between each body of work.Though each collection varies in theme and colour, nature prevails as the main inspiration. My first solo exhibition in New York showed abstract aerial scenes of earth, with textures and shapes mimicking its naturally occurring patterns.I am forever inspired by the sacred geometry and organic shapes found in the infinitely small microcosm and the ever expanding macrocosm.
How did you introduce the different textures into your work and is this something you're going to continue to experiment with?
They were first introduced on the aptly named “Chai tea”piece, I have since explored further creating my own mediums from organic derivatives to keep that close connection to Mother Nature. Without getting too geeky, I paint with rain water for its positively structured molecules. Last year I experimented using avocado seed boiled to create colours and am excited to scout for different ways of creating natural pigments.
What are the biggest challenges you face as an emerging artist?
Overcoming the blocks that come with the pressure of meeting deadlines. I’ll get so excited for a show I’ve been offered but then show-time comes around the corner and all the logistics start to take place and that can get really stressful. I like to go at my pace, it’s such an intuitive practice that can’t be rushed and often that conflicts with todays societal norms.
What does 2024 look like for you?
2024 is a very exciting one! I’ll be vagabonding around the globe for little features I’ve been offered. Next month I’ll be back in Dubai for a show/event a group is hosting for my body of works “A Name you Whisper”. I am most excited for the month of May - for my 31st I will be checking in to a little Mallorquin stone house nestled in the mountains to spend the month painting in nature's tranquility.
SERIES 006_JENNA BITAR
With a focus on texture and depth, these paintings feature rich hues of earthy pigments and natural tones, creating a sense of dimension that draws the viewer in. The need to decipher and understand the emotion it provokes incites long reflections of wonder and awe. These works of art are a tribute to the beauty of Nature and a celebration of the importance of preserving our planet.
Exclusively available via the showroom and the RS online store.