MERIDA. MEXICO. JANURY 28, 2021.
My name is Jason Kriegler, I am 54 years old and I was born in Miami, Florida. I have a deep interest in the stories, application, materials and techniques which, for many years, have been told through textiles and the people that create them.
Tell us your story, how did you come to painting?
I have always been a creator of some sort, painting came naturally, working with traditional ideas and abstract forms, using paint and canvas. Ultimately through the years working with found objects and mixed-media; non-traditional ideas.
How would you define your current painting?
I have a deep interest in the stories, application, materials and techniques which, for many years, have been told through textiles and the people that create them. The historical nature of man-made things from different regions, tribes or villages which create such unique, multi-purpose and intricate pieces. Men and women contributing to create unique original works told through the making of a textile. Ceremonial, everyday use, wearables, trade or decoration. Shapes, patterns, color and ideas unfold through the creation of textiles.
My work is a contemporary interpretation and influence from textiles from the past, using dark and light organic, biological forms as well as abstract exteriors, but can also be experienced purely as combinations of shapes, line and texture. Despite their simplicity, they have a captivating quality that rewards careful looking which reveal the complexity and fragility of contemporary works, hand embroidered into paper and linen, enlivened by a sense of depth that only seems to grow with continued examination.
Tell us about your style and technique. Any secret that can be told?
Hand embroidered contemporary works on paper and linen. My works are informed by historical textiles throughout the world, understanding the techniques, forms, purpose and usage. Which ultimately become visual stories from my encounters.
I work directly on found paper or parts of fabric, painting them using sumi ink or acrylic paints, using shape, line and form. Cardboard, cut canvas or linen, cut paper, which then informes the embroidery. Creating collages that are inspired by my travels throughout the world. Africa, India, South America, Mexico etc…..I call them Symbolic Totems.
How do you usually start your paintings? With a sketch, a draft or is it just an improvisation?
I start by randomly painting, working directly on cut / found parts which is the “base”, then layering with different materials. I have no pre-determined idea, just emoting a feeling or encounter from a trip. Then when the work gets to a point, it informes me of the embroidery.
What are your motivation forces? And the artists who have been and are an influence for you?
What motivates me is that I see this art market so saturated, there are a lot of “artists” out there, differentiating yourself is what is the motivator for me. Hand embroidered paper, collages.
What can you tell us about your studio, what kind of place is it?
I work on multiple works at a time, the embroidery process can take months to complete. My studio allows me to see current in progress works which reveal themselves. The studio is meditative.
What is art for you?
Art is a reaction. An enabler. A cathartic release.