About Jenny Vyas
Jenny Vyas is an contemporary artist from the Chicagoland area. She is highly influenced by beauty in complex human emotions and attempts to reveal them through multiple nuances in expressions through her work. Her interest in human frailty shows in her monochromatic paintings where she creates abstracts of human silhouettes and fluctuating forms in half-light; all drawn from reality, personal experiences and memories through a process of simplification. Her artistic influences stream from music, poetry, books, artists like Rothko, Marina Abramović, JR, Andy Worhol, Jackson Pollock, Saitō Yoshishige, Maria Hafif, Da Vinci, Shakespeare and many more.
Note from Jenny:
"It comes through you, but not from you. And though it is with you, it belongs not to you" ― Khalil Gibran
Two and a half years ago, I went through what turned out to be the most significant transition of my life. All I yearned for during that period (in pain) was to paint. Prior to this, I had painted only once in my life in an art class during college (where I studied Graphic Design). So I did it. I began painting. The key message moulded in one of of my favorite books, “The Alchemist” is when you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. And in that moment, all I could think of was to paint. Once I surrendered to this intense pull from within, this fire in my belly urging to paint, paint, paint, it took on a life of its own. What emerged felt like something I couldn't control. It was a surreal and explosive experience. I became a conduit for something larger than "me." And what you see here is what emerged. I finally understood what poets talk about, what artists paint about, what dancers dance about, what Shakespeare wrote about. That cognitive ecstasy.
Right now, I’m in that liminal space where I’m leaving behind everything that I have known about myself professionally and have no idea where I’m heading as an artist. It is terrifying and unnerving. But if there is one thing that I have learned about myself in these past two years, it is to stay in this uncomfortable space until the noise in my head quiets down and I find clarity as clear as day when I surface from the waves of fear, ambiguity and discomfort. Today, I understand that everything that has happened in my life has been preparing me for this moment: To become an artist.
Welcome to my life; the canvas for my art.
I occasionally write when inspired. You can read my blog here.