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Jenny Badger Sultan: Composite Images and Grids

Much of my art is composite: multiple images. They can take many forms. In the calendar drawings, I worked first with a grid of 3.5" squares. Each day I recorded an event or a feeling or a sample of the work I was doing on a painting. I chose whatever medium appealed to me--watercolor, acrylic, collage, monoprint, colored pencil, caran d'ache, etc. Examples: July and August 1999, January and April 2000.

After a while, the grid began to feel constricting, so I moved to the vertical scroll, where the amount of space I used could vary both horizontally and vertically. Images could also begin to overlap. This whole process gave me an opportunity to draw a lot, explore my range, work in many different materials and do a lot of experimentation. It stands as a visual journal of this time period. Examples: August-September 2000, February and September 2001.

Several years after I had ended the scrolls, I found myself embarking on a series of paintings based on different grid structures--such as the hexagon, the eight-pointed star, the ogee [spindle shape], and the pentagon.

I also experimented with the actual stitching together of separate pieces of canvas, as in Dream of the Dance, or a landscape with a path through many scenes, as in Born in a Cave, or with flaps revealing hidden scenes, as in Moving in the Landscapes of my Dreams. The Box of Dreams puts separate small dream paintings into a physical container out of which they can be taken and arranged in various configurations.

In the Composites, relationships through time and proximity can develop.

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Blessing Hands

Blessing Hands

Blessing Hands

Bloodlines

Bloodlines: detail

Bloodlines: detail

Bloodlines: detail

Bloodlines: detail

Bloodlines: detail

Bloodlines: detail

Born in a cave

Born in a cave:
Scholar's Club

Born in a cave:
Noble Tiger

Born in a cave:
Retirement Rite

Born in a cave:
First Steps

Born in a cave:
Run & Whoop

Born in a cave:
Noemi

Born in a cave:
House of Jennifer

Born in a cave:
mountaintop

Born in a cave:
wacky

Born in a cave:
Lacandon child

Born in a cave:
fish pond

Box of dreams

Box of dreams

Breath of the compassionate

Breathing in, breathing out

Breathing in, breathing out

Breathing in, breathing out

Bright niches in the castle wall

Bright niches in the castle wall: scruffy active boy

Bright niches in the castle wall: lovers

Bright niches in the castle wall: gardenia

Bright niches in the castle wall: notions shop

Bright niches in the castle wall: baby

Calendar grid, July 1999

Calendar grid, July 1999:
Python,
Hypogeum,
Sheila-na-Gig

Calendar grid, August 1999

Calendar grid, August 1999: four panels

Calendar grid, January-February 2000

Calendar grid, January-February 2000: spider toilet

Calendar grid, April 2000

Calendar grid, April 2000: dive off a mushroom

Calendar scrolls, July-Aug. 2000

Calendar scrolls: Aug. 2000 close-up

Calendar scrolls: Sept. 2000 close-up

Calendar scrolls, Feb. and Sept. 2001

Calendar scrolls: mid-Feb. 2001

Calendar scrolls: late Sept. 2001

Calendar scrolls: flag burqas at protest 9/29/2001

Calendar scrolls: Egyptian dancer and goddess Taweret

Calendar scrolls: Egyptian goddess Taweret

Calendar scrolls: Egyptian dancer

Chinese knot

Chinese knot: center

Chinese knot: 1 o'clock

Chinese knot: 2 o'clock

Chinese knot: 4 o'clock

Chinese knot: 5 o'clock

Chinese knot: 7 o'clock

Chinese knot: 8 o'clock

Chinese knot: 10 o'clock

Chinese knot: 11 o'clock

Desert journey

Desert journey: city

Desert journey: heart

Desert journey: face

Desert journey: snake

Dream of the Dance

Calendar scrolls: Egyptian dancer

Calendar scrolls: Egyptian goddess Taweret

flag burqas at protest, 9/29/2001

Floating borders

Floating borders

Fluid dream connections

Fluid dream connections: whales

Fluid dream connections: pods

Fluid dream connections: soccer

Hiding in the Landscape

Hiding in the Landscape: flaps open

Hiding in the Landscape: seraph

Hiding in the Landscape: Anubis the jackal god

Hiding in the Landscape: serpent

Hiding in the Landscape: scorpion

Hiding in the Landscape: snail man

Hiding in the Landscape: dead hound

Hiding in the Landscape: Selket the scorpion goddess

Hiding in the Landscape: pelican nest

Hiding in the Landscape: pangolin

Hiding in the Landscape: sad winged man

Hiding in the Landscape: harpy

Hiding in the Landscape: scary monster

Hiding in the Landscape: baby sphinx

In Iraq

In Iraq

In Iraq

In Iraq

In Iraq

Lifegrid

Lifegrid

Lifegrid

Lifegrid

Lifegrid

Lifegrid

Looking In and Through: see Mural

Mandala in time of war

Mandala: Stephanie

Mandala: Stephanie's sketch

Mandala:
pig riding

Mandala:
robot birds

Mandala: emerging primate

Mandala: the pinned head

Mandala:
Lord of the Mice

Mandala: baby bombers

Mandala: cactus rustlers

Mandala: fleeing intruders

Mandala: lifted by the animal

Mandala: fire-flower

Meander

Meditation on some Egyptian deities

Mother of all

Mother of all: her face

Mother of all: crowd

Mother of all: creatures

Moving in the landscape of my dreams

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: "looks like a harp"

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: Verity's wings

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: red face, green face

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: the bound woman

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: helpful doctor

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: ride wild beast

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: tall niches

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: salt cave

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: beaded waterfall

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: green stones

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: broken vessels

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: swimming with seals

Moving in the landscape of my dreams: robed figures appear

Mural

Mural: main figure

Mural: detail

Mural: detail

Mural: detail

Mural: long view

My journey through the maze

Personal Excavations

Personal Excavations: detail

Personal Excavations: tub

Spirit of the hive

Spirit of the hive

Spirit of the hive

Stories from the Underground

Stories from the Underground

Turkish double spiral

We Women

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