Renowned Canadian painter and curator Leopold Plotek writes: “Jennifer Lefort’s canvases bring to mind the words of the distinguished poet Def Jef: ‘God made ’em funky!’ She is an artist whose work nearly grazes the form and spirit of popular media, and her colour would be inconceivable prior to the arrival of digital media or at the very least colour television. Saturated, electrified, her fields and often wiggy goings-on across them are finally pictorial, but not so much by things they represent (what are they, anyway?), as by pretending to creep, ooze, thump, pulse or pullulate; and all performed in rampant, chemical, often complementary hues. Her canvases present a striking contrast in luminosity and colour-temperature, and show how radically ground-colours can determine our perception of pictorial space.”
Jennifer Lefort’s work explores the open-ended potential of abstraction toward meaning, narrative, and the imaginary. In her paintings, she considers the coexistence and codependence of formalism and expressionism, color field and pattern, space within space, structure and disorder, accidents and intuition. These contrasting qualities take the viewer to a place of comfort and strangeness, beauty and disorder.
1. Jacques Rancière, The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation