The Prints of Jeanette Pasin Sloan

A Catalogue Raisonné

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John Szoke Graphics, New York: 2002
$45 

Jeanette Pasin Sloan’s work is deeply rooted in the real, its raw material the mundane objects of contemporary life. Yet its power lies in the “real altered, made personal, dramatic, manipulated, and intensified,” as James Yood writes. Her preoccupation with pattern, reflection, and distortion brings reality to the verge of abstraction, and the serene order of traditional Western still life to the brink of chaos. Her meticulously thorough articulation of each subject typically encompasses drawing, watercolor, gouache, painting, and print. Each work in a series resonates with the others but responds distinctively in terms of its own medium to the challenges of the composition. The collaboration with other artists inherent in printmaking has always been especially stimulating and gratifying for Sloan. Forty-seven prints, produced over the last quarter century, have significantly extended her exploration of the personal, conceptual, and formal issues at stake in her art. Despite the variety of printmaking techniques employed, the prints are linked to one another and to the body of her work by scrupulously precise technique, the common thread of the “real,” and a distinctively modernist sensibility.