Work of the Week — “Sere Painting” by Jeanet S. Dreskin

Monday, April 23, 2018

by Sadie Allen

Often dubbed the “gateway to the soul,” eyes are not only a fixture on one’s face but also an intimately beautiful glimpse into the life of another. In Sere Painting,  Jeanet S. Dreskin offers a close up look at an iris, the most notable and colorful part of the eye. This eye is mainly a deep blue, with undertones of mauve and even a soft ochre color. I particularly enjoy how it resembles the universe, perhaps swirling and revolving around a black hole at the center. Oftentimes, humans and nature have quite a lot in common, a topic that Dreskin typically touched on in her pieces. The name, Sere Painting, sounds just like “seer” as well, adding to the concept of it being an eye observing the known universe.

Jeanet S. Dreskin was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1921 with a passion for both the natural world and the humans that inhabit it. Her work, often in paint, pencil, and pen, has been in showings around the world and at home in the United States. Her pieces have been showed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gallery of Art, the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, the Guild Hall Museum of New York, and many other galleries. She continues to exhibit her work actively today.
This simple painting serves as a reminder of the interconnectivity between human life and the universe itself- mankind is not above nature but a part of it. Similarities can be seen even in the most simple places if one is only willing to look and see them.

Artwork above: Jeanet S. Dreskin, Sere Painting, General, Mixed Media Painting. Gift of Mrs. Helen L. Gumpert. Permanent Collection. 1981.21.15.20