About Jean Jack
The images that arouse my curiosity are discovered on the open road. As I set out with my camera in an adventurous frame of mind, I criss-cross the country and seek inspiration for my work. Often it is on the fast-moving interstate where I discover, quite by accident, the perfect simplicity of a farmhouse or a barn. I am not interested in the details as much as the abstractions — the way the afternoon sun falls off a slanting roof, tall forsaken grass that cradles an old structure, or stairs that once led to a seaside path that now leads nowhere at all. The challenge is to catch the image with my camera from this inconvenient "backstage" angle.
America's heartland influences the bulk of my work. I am particularly attracted to utilitarian structures that have a weathered history, as they express a more hauntingly lonely expression than the congestion of suburban or city life. Throughout the years, my work has become more minimal, as well. Shapes occurring by circumstance intrigue me far more than deliberate artifice.