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Jenny Doss

Cincinnati, OH USA

Social Network

This piece of art won Juror's Choice award in the art exhibit Suburbia

Art: Social Network by Artist Jenny Doss
I wanted to take a softer, gentler tone with this piece. When I first envisioned this painting, it was in the soft mossy green background that you see, with small white houses dotting the landscape---all look similar from a distance, but when you see them up close, you can tell they're all unique---different brushstrokes, different slant of a roof, different space between houses... The center "connector road" was slightly off center, the houses not spaced equally apart. Uniqueness in the middle of sameness.

After I painted the houses, I saw that although I was looking at what appeared to be a "cookie cutter" creation, it was still a network, a community. This was the essence of the neighborhood of the fifties --- a network, a web of civil resources where everyone was connected. Neighbors gathered together in backyard barbeques, at one another's pool parties... Their children played with one another: lemonade stands and treehouses in the summer and snow forts and snowball fights in the winter. Through it all, there's a sense of connection, and innocence too... something I tried to represent by the network of lines running throughout the community, like a vast switchboard, and by the white dots at every contact point.

Detail Images

Detail Image for art Social Network

Detail Image for art Social Network

Detail Image for art Social Network


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