Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jodi Reeb - Mixed Media

At the Horizon - Encaustic and collage on wood - 24"x24"
Jodi Reeb

Name: Jodi Reeb

City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Email: jodi@jodireeb.com
Website: www.jodireeb.com
MNartist.org profile
Facebook page

Reeb lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been creating art full-time for over 18 years.  Her artwork has been shown nationally receiving numerous awards and is in many private and corporate collections nationally.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she instructed printmaking in the Continuing Studies program for over 9 years.  She currently teaches encaustic (beeswax) painting at the Minnetonka Center for Art. Jodi creates her mixed-media paintings from her studio at the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art in Minneapolis, but travels to receive her inspiration, combining contrasting landscapes and environments in her work.

Pathway - Encaustic on wood - 12"x12"

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

As a mixed-media painter, I work with acrylic paint, encaustic (wax) and collage on various substrates such as canvas, wood and paper. Primarily working on commission, I enjoy collaborating with clients to create artwork that leads me to the next step in the progression of my process and development while complementing an existing space.   The focus of my artwork has always been about the magnificence and beauty of nature and finding inspiration from nature’s extraordinary colors & light. As I explore this idea, I have been  intrigued with nature’s ever-changing seasons . I often contemplate how nature relates to our own cycles of existence.

Urban Composition - Encaustic, collage on found book - 8"x10"

How did you decide to become an artist?

When I was five years old, I created drawings of animals on large sheets of newsprint paper using crayons.  I rolled them up and pulled the drawings around my neighborhood to sell for a dollar. I went door-to-door and a few people bought the drawings and one person gave me a $1.00 donation. It started to rain before I got home and the remaining drawings got wet, but i didn't really care.  It was in that moment I knew I wanted to be an artist and thought that it was possible.

Enclosed - Encaustic and shellac on wood - 8"x8"

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 

The best advice was given to me when I started college at MCAD by a local collector that hadn't bought any work from me yet.  He told me to keep working and making art no matter what and that I would create my future that way.

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?

I sell my artwork primarily through art consultants and work on commission for healthcare, corporate and residential clients. I enjoy the challenge of creating work for specific spaces. I market myself through a careful mailing list I've compiled over the years and periodically send images of available artwork to those contacts.  Facebook is a tool I use to publicize events and art openings as well as new artwork created. Recently, I created a marketing brochure that is like a book with tabs highlighting my different styles to introduce my work to art consultants and galleries nationally.

Sustainable Currents - Encaustic on wood - 30"x30"

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? 
Lisa Nankivil www.nankivil.com
Patrick Kemal Pryor www.patrickpryor.com
Vesna Kittelson www.vesnakittelson.com
Harriet Bart www.harrietbart.com
Betsy Ruth Byers www.betsyruthbyers.com

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

I tend to like contemporary, alternative and abstract art.

Traffic Zone Gallery www.trafficzoneart.com
Anita Sue Kolman Gallery www.askanita.com
Kolman Pryor Gallery   www.kolmanpryor.com
Walker Art Center  www.walkerartcenter.org
Form + Content Gallery www.formandcontent.org
Rogue Buddha Gallery  www.roguebuddha.com
Burnet Gallery www.burnetgallery.com
Minneapolis Institute of Arts www.artsmia.org
Minneapolis College of Art & Design www.mcad.edu
Minnetonka Center for Art www.minnetonkaarts.org

Index - Encaustic, collage, image transfers and copper foil on wood - 30x30"

In addition to www.Local-Artist-Interviews.com, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 

Art 21  www.pbs.org/art21/
MN Original www.mnoriginal.org
Art News www.artnews.com

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
Yes, over 25 artists will be showing their art.
Traffic Zone Spring Open Studios
May 4, 2013 at 5:30-9:30 pm
Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art
250 - 3rd Ave N. #220
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Traffic Zone Artists welcome visitors into their studios for an evening to share conversation about their work in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, printmaking and drawing.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? 
Large collage works on canvas or wood using acrylic paint and mediums and encaustic paint.

Jodi Reeb

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