I like you: Jenn Shifflet

Oakland has this thing, the first Friday of every month – a bunch of art galleries stay open from 6 to 9 pm, the main drag is closed to car traffic, a bunch of food venders set up booths, and all of the cool kids from 5 counties come swarming to cluster, smoke, and compare spectacles.

Even though this has been going on for almost 8 years, I’m about a decade too old and I have perfect vision, so I didn’t know about Oakland Art Murmur until just recently when I went to meet some friends there for the first time.

I wanted to escape the throngs almost as soon as I finished eating my street cart sausage, but am so glad we prevailed enough to push our way into the gallery displaying Jenn Shifflet‘s paintings, because I can’t stop thinking about them.

Falling into Place

I love the dreamy, ethereal quality of her work, and the way they feel like they could be a landscape from some faraway planet or an underwater depth.  Primordial ooze or the light and reflections of an otherworldly atmosphere. I love the fuzzy bokeh and the strange, sharply clear little details of plants or swirls of constellations or microorganisms.

And oh, do I love these colors.  These blues and greens speak the exact language of my little Maggie soul.

Wishing on the Wind

Dreaming in Turquoise



(Doesn’t this last one look like what Monet might have seen if he were holding his breath underwater looking up at his water lilies?)

I love that these paintings make me feel like closing my eyes to further bask in the soothing quiet, but that I need to keep them open to keep looking.

I love that Jenn was kind enough to share some of her images with me, so that I could write about and share them.

And I love that she’s making me think about something I like about being in my mid-thirties… being old enough to consider buying art that doesn’t get attached to the wall with tacks.


Filed under I like you, Nifty things

6 responses to “I like you: Jenn Shifflet

  1. Nicole

    They are stunning. Are they paintings? Photography? I can’t really tell and I suppose that is part of the charm. I love the descriptions you give them too — a beautifully worded blog post to go along with the beautiful images.

  2. Stunning. When I come to Oakland you have to take me to a gallery with her paintings 🙂

  3. I am so glad you like Jenn Shifflet’s paintings! They are actually oil paintings on top of acrylic under paintings — a pretty unique process. They are being shown at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, 480 23rd Street (near Telegraph). We are open Fridays 2-6, Saturdays 1-5 and by appointment. Our web site, with images of most of the paintings in the show, is http://www.chandracerritocontemporary.com. Thank you for blogging about Jenn’s beautiful show! Hope to see you at the gallery again.

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