Jean Albus, resides in South Central Montana near a small ranching town. She was born in Billings, but lived and worked in Seattle 15 years before returning to Red Lodge, Montana in 1988. Jean has been showing her work in the region about ten years. She draws inspiration from the landscape where she lives in the high desert and the nearby Clarks Fork River Valley.
Jean is a recent winner of the Montana Art Council’s Artist Award for Innovation In The Visual Arts. Her work has been featured in Big Sky Journal and the Whitefish Review. She has shown her work in the Holter Museum of Art and the Yellowstone Art Museum. She has created site specific installations in Biilllings at the Northcutt-Steel Gallery, and in Denver, Colorado at the Hinterland Gallery. She was named an honorary Colorado Creative by the local publication Westward for her collaborative installation Into The Within. Her next exhibition will be in December at the Catherine Louisa Gallery in Billings, Montana.
Artist Statement for Of the Earth
The landscape is the inspiration for all my work. I roam the land where I live everyday with my camera. It’s a very dry, high desert climate, not a lot of rain. Most recently, my work is focused on the presence of water or the effects on the landscape without it. I think it’s a natural progression of my frequent use of the dresses or the dress shape to using fabric in my images. Since the colors of the land here are more subtle, it’s interesting to introduce color in the form of fabric and objects like feathers. I love to see and photograph the changes nature makes in what I think of as my presence. Many images come from playing with these objects in the water to show movement and texture. I feel a little like nature and I collaborate to make some meaningful, poetic images. I think the images convey feelings of joy and a certain longing.
Since the exhibition emphasizes meaning that comes from nature I have also included some figurative work, and also, collage with found objects I photograph and add. All my imagery stems from daily contact with my surroundings. How to further my contributions to truth and beauty is my only desire as an artist.