I love connecting to an artist’s work. Even more so though, I love reconnecting to an artist’s work. It’s like hearing a song on the radio that you love so much every time it comes on, but the radio host never says who sings it or what the title is, so you just hope that you’ll come across it again. And when you hear it again- artist, title and all- you can’t wait to hear the rest of their album… because you know you are going to love it.
Jennifer Cronin is an artist based in Chicago, IL. Recently I stopped into Black Cloud Gallery in Pilsen with my sister and was nearly breathtaken by her paintings (which included the one above). Her work pulled me in and I became mesmerized by her conceptual vision that culminated in a creation of both visual and mental stimulation. I didn’t know if I knew who the artist was, but the artwork felt familiar and I vaguely recalled the name. I decided to find out more about her work and to my delight, a reconnection had been made.
Somehow, somewhere I had come across her work last year. I remember it… I remember the piece above specifically. The first time I saw it, it brought up all of the irrational fears I’ve had since childhood of creepy crawlers coming up out of drains and plumbing and just being anywhere near me (except for that one week of camping in college… how I wish I could get back to that state of mind).
The irrational fears came back again when I saw the painting this time too, but then I looked at the title: “Lucky to Have Eachother” …. I suddenly came to realize the relief that this particular couple could potentially feel after this battle is won. They could slump down on the couch and collapse into eachother’s arms with sighs of comfort, knowing that they earned their victory.
I’ve been feeling this a lot lately with my other half and it’s been a great experience- one of learning and of having eachother’s backs. It’s a good feeling. One that took us nearly 8 years to get to, but now we too get to slump down into eachother’s arms, with sighs of comfort because of our own earned victory.
Check out more of Jennifer Cronin’s work below and at her website too:
Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll be posting more again soon. I’ve missed it.