American Idyll

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This site contains photographs of oil paintings and works on paper by the artist Jen Mazza. Often what is depicted in these works are everyday objects (flowers, rocks, books, images from books, patterns, wallpaper, and images from books of everyday objects and artworks) as well some figurative works which are close-ups of the body. This subject matter of the work (what is depicted) is not the content of the works, the content instead depends upon the visual-tactile quality of paint as can only be accessed in person and not via the web images (this is the case for sighted and visually impaired alike). Therefore to attempt to translate the content of individual works into words by providing narrated descriptions of what is seen on the screen in each individual work would not improve access to the work. Instead – for both for the visually impaired and the sighted – to get a better sense of the works on this site please read the texts that are available on the website (specifically the artist statements) as this will best clarify how the work functions. This particular page is made up of small thumbnail images, each of which serves as a link to another page. A number of these pages have links to artist statements which describe the work. This particular page has a series of variations on the same theme: small explosions painted over book-images of American landscapes.