Our World Interviews-Jean Von Borstel

Jean Von Borstel is a fantastic Mexican artist whose paintings and metal works have been exhibited in galleries in Tijuana, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Mexico (including the La Caja gallery in Tijuana and others.) Her bold and colorful paintings instantly capture the viewer’s imagination.  We are drawn in by the exquisite color and composition and are soon fascinated by, and curious about, the intriguing figures!

This video helps to answer a few of those questions, and helps us learn more about this artist and her creative process.

Mi nombre es Jean Von Borstel. Soy artista visual. Comencé desde la prepa a pintar, después de ahí me fui a unas cursos a Nueva York—Pratt institute, regresando tomé un taller con Blancarte. Y de ahí tengo más de 15 años en la pintura. Mi obra está basada en la vida cotidiana, en mis propias experiencias, la vida de los demás, en las relaciones humanas, en la interacción que tenemos día a día.

Ánima está basada en las transformaciones en esa búsqueda del sentido de la vida, en la depuración que hacemos en todo lo que tiene un comienzo y un final.

(Ánima) es alma, es  guía, es protectora, es moldeadora.  Según Carl Jung es una imagen femenina en el subconsciente del hombre, entonces, para mí Ánima es una representación de lo que es esa búsqueda, del por qué estamos aquídel por qué existimos, del por que las transformaciones, los cambios, del ir y venir de cada día.

Básicamente uso acrílico y gouache sobre papel, me gusta mucho pintar sobre papel porque siento que tengo una muy buena química con el papel.  Me gusta la textura que te da,  el difuminado que se va creando. Pues me inspira: es lo mismo en lo que basó mi pintura, ¿no?   Me inspira todo lo que tenga que ver en las relaciones humanas, me inspira mi familia, mis amigos, mi vida, todo lo que está alrededor de mí.  Utilizo colores fuertes porque siento que se transmite como ese movimiento, esa energía que es lo que se genera con las personas.

Conceptual summary of Jean Von Borstel’s video.

Jean von Borstel is an artist living in Tijuana.  She began painting in high school. After high school she attended Pratt Institute in New York City. After that she returned to Mexico to take a class with Maestro Blancarte. She’s  been painting for more than fifteen years now.  Jean says that her work is based on daily life, her own experiences, the lives of others, human relationships and the interaction that we have day to day.

Anima is the name of the character that appears in many of her paintings.  She (Anima) is based on transformations, the search for the meaning of life, and the purification in everything that has a beginning and an end. The character is the sole, the guide, the protector, and the shaper/molder.  According to Carl Jung, she says, Anima is the feminine image in mankind’s subconscious.  Anima is a representation of that search for why we are here, why we exist, the transformations, the changes, and the comings and goings of everyday life.

Jean uses acrylic paint and gouache on paper.  She really likes painting on paper because she feels that she has good chemistry with it—she likes the texture, the way the paint diffuses, and that process inspires her.  She’s also inspired by   human relations, her family, her friends, her life and everything that is around her.

She uses strong colors because she feels that they transmit that movement, that energy, that is generated by people.

Verbs:  comencé desde la prepa—she began painting in high school (she’s been painting since high school)

Después de ahí—after there (that, in this example) regresando tomé un taller—coming back I took a class

Tengo más de quince años en la pintura—I have been a painter for more than 15 years, está basada—is based on, siento—I feel, me inspira—it inspires me

Vocabularyla vida cotidiana—daily life, la vida de los demás—the lives of others,  sentido de la vida—meaning of life, en esa búsqueda del sentido de la vida—in that search for the meaning of life, depuración—the purification, modeladora—shaper/molder, según—according to, del porque estamos aquí –of why we are here, del porque existimos—of why we exist,  el difuminado—the diffusion/blur

For more information about this artist consult these sites and links…

http://www.museodemujeres.com/es/artistas/index/233-von-borstel-jean

https://www.facebook.com/JeanVonBorstel?fref=ts

For more information about this and other artists in Mexico consult this website…

La Caja Gallery in Tijuana

http://www.lacajagaleria.com/

 

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