Work of the Week — “Sere Painting” by Jeanet S. Dreskin
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.
Artwork above: Jeanet S. Dreskin, Sere Painting, General, Mixed Media Painting. Gift of Mrs. Helen L. Gumpert. Permanent Collection. 1918.104.22.168