Jean Blackwell Font is a mixed media artist living in Miami, FL. She is self-taught, learning from artists she knows personally or studying the life and art of those whose work she admires. Influenced by artists Francis Picabia and Romare Bearden, Wangechi Mutu, and Joseph Cornell, the artist uses a visual vocabulary she has developed to express ideas and concepts important to her through painting, collage and mixed media. Themes in her earlier work addressed the media-driven self images that are often hard, if not impossible, for women to live up to. Often using images of herself, along with personal friends and other “everyday women”, Jean worked to reveal the diverse beauty, mystery and inherent power of simply being female.
After the loss of her mother, Jean’s work has shifted to the void left behind when a loved one is gone. Through her body of work, Family Myths, she addresses her own life, the few faded memories she possesses, and the stories about her own life that she has learned over time. While the focus of work, done with found objects and assemblage, is different from her earlier collage works, the artist’s voice and vocabulary continue to evolve, in exploring her experience of being female, and of simply being.
Jean Blackwell Font
November 26, 2017