The VC Art Gallery:
A series of articles showcasing the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does, and a challenge for you to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope this series will prompt a lively dialogue between and among authors and artists that will expand creative possibilities for everyone.
Curated by April Bullard
About the artist:
Jennifer is a professional harpist, freelance poet, and photography novice. She loves the unique capabilities of digital images as vessels of conveyance into deep understanding. Jennifer records, performs, teaches, and plays at the bedsides of the dying. She grew up in Camas, WA, in a lovely woodland setting. She is married, has three nearly grown children, and lives on a small farm in Vancouver, WA.
What drives Jennifer’s art:
Jennifer feels a theme for each decade of her life. “The forties were about finding my voice, a phrase I have used for over 20 years, and the fifties are for sharing insight, emotions and wisdom as widely as possible. All the arts touch me deeply, and have since my earliest memories. Expressing my selfhood through music, words, dance, or image is not an option; it is VITAL to all aspects of my life. I hope that my art forms can bring understanding, pleasure, spiritual reflection, or even questions. This gives my life meaning beyond measure.”
“Shot at Chaco Canyon in NM, I love the contrasts of brilliant blue and soft red, and I feel I caught a small window into the mysteries of life and the imagination.”
“It is like looking into a primeval vortex of universal creation, taking place in small scale in an every-day garden.”
“Out to Pasture”
“I’m drawn to old equipment with its non-symmetry and minimal straight lines. The vehicles especially seem to project human emotions of nostalgia, sadness, and isolation.”
Jennifer had a photo and poetry exhibit hanging for two months at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver. “I have been fired up with inspiration in the writing of poetry for two years, and I hope to continue refining my craft.”
Jennifer has released three solo Celtic Harp recordings, and three more with her duet,”Celtic Muse.” Look up Jennifer Pratt-Walter on “CD Baby” for sound clips.”I am very proud to be a part of VC6 and its circle of artists.”
The Artist Challenge:
Jennifer says she has a theme for each decade of her life. What is yours? Write about it in whatever form appeals to you and share it here.