Jasmina Danowski’s A Living Sound paintings pull the viewer into the kaleidoscope that is the swirling, bubbling, gurgling atmosphere of the marshland on Long Island’s North Fork.
Danowski recreates intimate wilderness pools humming with marine life on a large and powerful scale. The fantasy worlds generated within her paintings are free from the confines of direct representation, reminiscent of foreign landscapes half-remembered from a dream. Thoroughly jubilant, celebrating nature, life, and the depth of her own imagination, Danowski’s compositions have an ethereal effect that spans meridians of time and space. The gentle outward bloom of Danowski's intermingling hand-made pigments creates a sense of motion, reminiscent of water turning over in tidal pools or the sound of bullfrogs bellowing from their hiding places in the grass, calling to one another across the marsh. Succulent shades of blue, violet, burgundy, and turquoise fuse together, creating complex layers of intertwined pigment. The harmony of colors is punctuated with occasional spaces, like breaths taken in a song. These areas of pause offer views into other worlds beyond the pools of water, leading deeper into one’s imagination. Jasmina Danowski was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1960. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990, and her Masters in Fine Art from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 1997. She been the twice-honored recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Award, and her work has been exhibited at two museums in the United States.