2016-17 Emerging Artist

Lavaughan Jenkins

  • Lavaughan Jenkins

    As I Watch (2)
  • Lavaughan Jenkins

    As I Watch (2)
  • Lavaughan Jenkins

    As I Watch (2)
  • Lavaughan Jenkins

    Does it still matter, oil on paper, 13 x 15 inches, 2015.

    Does it still matter
  • Lavaughan Jenkins

    Does it still matter (3), oil on paper, 13 x 15 inches, 2015.

    Does it still matter (3)

Artist Statement

All of my work since 2002 has essentially been based off the book (Man walks into a room). When I first met Nicole Krauss in 2002 she was a visiting artist at Yale Norfolk. From first glance at my work she instantly understood what I was thinking. "Your paintings are my words. Your paintings are an inspiration and your words about them will stay with me for a long time," said Nicole.

I am obsessed with the materiality of paint. I love the sound of pigment and wax being slapped onto the canvas. I apply the paint with anything I can get my hands on brushes, palette knives, syringes, and Q-tips. All serve as tools for a diverse mark-making.

Scraping and adding, scraping and adding I continuously work and rework the surface. The figures emerge and at times spill over the edge. Allowing them to merge with or rub roughly against the world beyond the painting. This creates unrestricted forms. This is what I love about painting. The process allows me to fall in love over and over again. With each work brought from conception to completion I am compelled to experience love's conclusion and its after effects. This part of the process is what drives my handling of the paint. As in love itself, there are instances a sensitive and delicate touch is required. Yet, also true in love, there are times when things need to become abrasive. So one must come to know when to allow what is murky, what is mysterious or difficult to discern, to be vivid in its own right.

At other times, the paint must work like frosting on a cake, sweet and concealing that which is substantial. In that near concealment becoming substantial in itself. Still yet, there are times when the work must delve into grotesque distortions and excesses. All of these factors point to the ideas of memory and personal history, solitude and intimacy. I took these very human experiences( memories) and squeezed them out and onto a surface that allows them to live today.