Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006 Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006 Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006 Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006
Jenny Scobel
(Orrville, Ohio, 1955 - )
Lives and works in New York

Jenny Scobel's work is dominated almost exclusively by a series of somber, monochromatic drawings of women set against peculiar, improbable landscapes. The source of these drawings are photographs found in vintage magazines, in particular a Slavic-looking young woman with a scarf over her head, taken from an advertisement, and an Italian girl who appeared in a 1950s photograph. In the drawings, the heads of these two young women are repeatedly placed onto the bodies of other women, sometimes including celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn. These figures are set in rooms decorated with intense, strange wallpapers, 50's era cartoons, caricatures hovering within the frame, or with the figure holding an animal or other symbolic object. Scobel first draws in graphite and then pours melted wax over the surface of the image, literally sealing the portrait in. This gesture may serve to protect the surface of the completed work, but it also serves as evidence of a desire on Scobel’s part to entomb these figures, and seal over what they may be trying to tell us.
Jenny Scobel, By the Sea, Bye the Sea By The Sea, Bye The Sea
1995

Graphite, wax on wood panel
33 x 23 7/8 in.
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