Shelley Jordon, Restless Traces: Leaves

LdM – Lorenzo de’ Medici Istitute Gallery is happy to present the exhibition RESTLESS TRACES: Leaves by USA artist Shelley Jordon.

Jordon’s work begins with painting that is transformed by the artist in installation, animation, animated installations and lately also glass sculpture. Experimenting with different materials, enables the artist to create fluid, moving works that expand through time and different artistic media creating immersive experiences that dissolve boundaries between interior and exterior worlds and allow for exploration and cross pollination of ideas and disciplines.

This exhibition will include recent paintings and hand-painted animations from De-Compostions series, larger mixed-media paintings on BFK paper, that depict leaves in a state of rotting and decay, that investigate the passage of time and cycles of life. The animations are accompanied by original sound/music by composer Kurt Rohde. Jordon will also show some of her very recent experimentation with glass sculpture.

Small-scale watercolors painted from life allow for close observation and the opportunity to record the nuance and particularity of each specimen.

In addition to the video projection and works of art, during the opening the artist will create experimental works on paper inspired by local vegetation, demonstrating to those present the artistic technique with which she usually creates her works. The public is invited to attend the gallery from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on the day of the inaugural event. After the demonstration, Shelley Jordon will hold an artist conference from 4 to 5 pm, illustrating her artistic career.


Shelley Jordon was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and now living in Portland, Oregon. A painter and moving-image artist, she uses traditional drawing and painting media applied to two dimensional artwork, animation and installation to express the complex nature of memory; physical and emotional, collective and personal.

Her solo exhibitions include; The Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York City, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, the Whitebox Gallery Portland, OR and the Frye Museum, in Seattle, WA. Jordon holds an MFA from Brooklyn College of the City of New York, a BFA from The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and is a Professor of Art at Oregon State University and frequently lives and teaches in Siena, Italy.

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