Installation by Jeanne F. Jalandoni

Artist statement on the works:
These two images meditate on my ancestry and the mysteries I contemplate about their lives. One room displays metal baskets, turned over, with plush mangoes cascading from them. They hint at my lolo’s life as a farmer, and stories I grew up listening to about all his fruit trees. A portrait of my lolo as a young man is drawn on the wall opposite the hanging mangoes.

The other room of machine knitted and indigo-dyed clouds hang on clothespins from the ceiling. They produce a playful environment for the wax painted portraits of my great grandmother ("Great Lola I" (2018), "Great Lola II" (2018), wax on canvas, 24" x 36" each). Her portraits are melted, literally displaying lost information of her identity.

Jeanne F. Jalandoni (she/her) is a painter and textile artist born and based in New York City. Her work navigates Filipino American cultural identity through personal research on historic Western influences on the Philippines, family archives, and personal experiences growing up as a second generation American who has never been to the Philippines. She uses national symbols such as the carabao, bangus, and mangoes to express characteristics she associates with her biculturalism, in an attempt to redefine their meaning and reclaim Filipino American narrative.

Jeanne received her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in painting at New York University (2015). Jeanne has had solo shows with Taymour Grahne Projects (2021; virtual), Real Art Ways (2019; Hartford, CT), the Little Underground Gallery/ Jefferson Market Library (2018; New York, NY), and the Berkshire Art Museum (2018; North Adams, MA). Jeanne has exhibited in various group shows including "Super Sarap" (2019; curated by Patricia Cariño Valdez, Asia Society Texas, Houston, TX), and curated "Cultural Cousins: a show of Filipinx and Latinx artists" (2019; ChaShaMa, New York, NY). Jeanne was an artist-in-residence at 36 Chase & Barns Residency ( 2018; North Adams, MA) and at the Textile Arts Center (2021; Brooklyn,NY).

Jeanne has been awarded the 2019 Real Art Award (Hartford, CT), and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Creative Engagement Grant (2019; New York, NY).

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